by Nia Griffiths

Hector Bellerin was intensely proud and completely awestruck after the final whistle on Saturday.

Speaking after the match, the defender, who has a whirlwind six months, revealed his pride at being part of such a strong team.

“I can’t even believe it! It’s been such an amazing season, and to have this to top it off has been amazing,” he said.

“This is a dream that everyone has as a kid to win a trophy like this in a stadium like for a club like this, with all these players. I have no words, I’m just so happy.”

The right-back only got promoted to the first team due to an injury to Mathieu Debuchy and illness for Calum Chambers but has hit the ground running. Since then, he has gone from strength-to-strength, truly solidifying himself in the starting 11 and thoroughly deserving his winner’s medal.

He added, “It was a great display from everyone, we worked so hard for this. We finished the season really well so we knew we had to finish it off.”

The player has worked tirelessly on the pitch to maintain his starting position, showing tenacity and immense maturity when the pressure has been on – which has been fairly often this season.

Before the 2014/15 season, the 20-year-old, who has become fondly known for his Spanish-Cockney accent, had only appeared once for the Arsenal first team. Now, he’s appeared 28 more times, even scoring two goals and assisting one.

What a huge achievement for a genuinely lovely lad.