Hector Bellerin is pretty good at football.
Arriving at Arsenal in the summer of 2011 along with Jon Toral from Barcelona, we all had an inkling he might be pretty decent but I’m not sure any of us expected him to have the impact he’s managed this season.
Still just 20, Bellerin has already eased fears that he could be lured back to Barcelona in the same way as Cesc Fabregas when he said he was a footballer, not a Barcelona player, and as he continues his run in the first team thanks to Mathieu Debuchy’s Arsenal DNA, he couldn’t be happier.
“I left there as a kid and now I feel like a man,” the defender said. “I’ve grown up a lot because I left at 16 to come to another country, another culture.
“You really have to grow up and there’s a lot of things that have changed. When I was there I used to play as a winger and now I’m playing as a defender. I feel I’ve grown up on and off the pitch and I feel really confident now as a right back.
“I’ve only played there for four years but I’m feeling really confident that I can play there, and that I’m proving to everyone that I can play in the Arsenal first team.
“Sometimes you only get once chance and I took it,” he added. “I’m really happy with my decision, I’m really enjoying my football and I’m really enjoying living in London. I’ve got my family over here as well so I’m really settled in the club. I’m really enjoying myself.”
Bellerin is expected to start for Arsenal when they host Swansea on Monday night in their chase for second place. He will also be thinking he deserves a starting spot in the FA Cup final and who would argue otherwise?