Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin says his teammates helped him overcome the disappointment at Stoke City and bounce back with a superb performance in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.
The 19-year-old joined the Gunners in the summer of 2011 from Barcelona, signing initially as a youth team player before winning his first professional contract with the club in 2013.
Still raw and inexperienced, the young Spaniard has been thrown in at the deep end this season as a result of an ongoing defensive injury crisis at the Emirates stadium.
After making his debut start in the draw at home to Hull City, he followed that up with another start in the recent loss at Stoke City but was hauled off at the interval following a struggling first-half performance.
Yet, with numbers thin on the ground, Wenger was forced to hand Bellerin another start in midweek in the Champions League and then again at home to Newcastle United, proving that last week was just a blip.
Seemingly released from the shackles, Bellerin – said to be faster than Theo Walcott over 40 metres – was brilliant and later praised his teammates for helping him overcome the disappointment at Stoke.
"I'm pleased with my performance," he told the club’s official website. "All the lads have supported me through the loss against Stoke.”
"The players have been really supportive with me and I'm really pleased with the confidence they gave me. It's them that made me play like that.”
"I don't play like that by myself, I play like that because I've got really good players that help me. I'm really pleased.”
"It's nice to get an assist but it's the work of the whole squad, and I'm really pleased for them."
Bellerin has made a total of seven appearances in all competitions this season, including a Champions League debut in the 2-0 group stage loss at Borussia Dortmund.
With a fully fit defence, the youngster has a number of competitors for a regular starting berth but with his potential and evident ability, he has all the tools needed to become the club’s long-term right-back option.