Hector Bellerin makes surprising admission about his Arsenal improvement
Hector Bellerin admits that his defending left a lot to be desired following his transfer to Arsenal from Barcelona
Hector Bellerin has flourished into a first-team regular at Arsenal after breaking into Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up last season.
However, the Spaniard has admitted that his defensive abilities left a lot to be desired when he first arrived at the north London club from Barcelona back in 2011.
And the 20-year-old attributes much of his development to coach Steve Bould, who has helped him improve the defensive side of his game.
Speaking to the Sun, Bellerin revealed: “When I first came to Arsenal, I didn’t know how to defend.
“If there was a person who I had to identify as helping me a lot, that would have to be Bould. I was a winger but from the Under-18s up, I remember him just showing me the basics.
“Even then, I remember him sometimes holding his head like, ‘What is Hector doing?’. He’s been one of the key people in my career. He’s one of the reasons I’m here now.”
Bellerin has quickly earned himself a reputation as one of the Premier League’s most promising full-backs following his sparkling displays for the Gunners.
The full-back, who has two assists to his name so far this term, has made 12 Premier League appearances for Arsenal this season and played the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Norwich City. He has also featured three times in the Champions League for the Gunners.
Bellerin will be expecting to feature when Arsenal host Sunderland at The Emirates on Saturday.