On Monday, Hector Bellerin became the first active Premier League player to address the Oxford Union, where he discussed the differences between Arsenal and Barcelona.

Bellerin was invited to speak to the Oxford Union, a debating society that has existed since 1823.

In doing so, he became the first active Premier League player to address the union.


Bellerin spoke about a number of issues, including football, technology, Catalan independence and his interest in fashion.

The 22-year-old also highlighted the differences between his time at Barcelona and Arsenal, and how he had to get used to being a professional footballer.

“It was like night and day, the difference between Barcelona and Arsenal,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mail.

“At Barcelona I was just 8-16, when I came to Arsenal I was a professional footballer.

“At Barcelona we were just kicking around on the pitch, at Arsenal, my first day, there were no balls.”

Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s youth academy at the age of 15 in 2011.

He arrived at the club as a right winger, but was moved to right-back.

The move gave him the opportunity to break into the Arsenal first team during the 2014/15 season and he’s held his position ever since.

It was Steve Bould who taught Bellerin how to defend and had a large influence on his young career.

Bellerin has embraced life in the UK and even speaks with a London accent. Sometimes, you forget that he came from Spain.