Hector Bellerin. He’s pretty awesome, eh?
Arriving at Arsenal from Barcelona, biding his time and then grabbing his chance when Mathieu Debuchy was Stoked, the Spaniard has won himself numerous admirers this season with his displays, both defensively and offensively.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, the full-back has been explaining where he thinks Arsenal’s season turned around, picking out the 2-0 win at the Etihad against Manchester City as the, urm, ‘turning point’ which allowed the Gunners to hunt down second place while, however briefly, dreaming of a title.
“The turning point was probably the Manchester City game,” Bellerin said. “Playing at Manchester City and winning 2-0 convincingly showed that it wasn’t just luck, it was because the team worked hard and we knew what we were doing.
“We realised that we could do good things after that, and since then we’ve played well every single game as a group with a lot of solidarity in the team. The team went straight up and showed that we’re not going to drop.
“After that game the boss told us that we still had a chance to fight for the title. It was a bit late but we never looked away from it. Now it’s a bit late and we understand that but we realised how we can do great things together.
“We can finish second place now and to be able to not play the Champions League qualifier is a weight off our shoulders as well. We need to get as many points as we can, starting with Swansea, and try to get the three points.”
With Mathieu Debuchy struggling with a hamstring problem since his return from a dislocated shoulder and Calum Chambers preferred in a more central role, Hector can expect to start again against Swansea on Monday night in the Premier League.
Arsenal will be hoping to keep up their great run of form with another three points as they chase down a second-place finish for the first time in 10 years.