Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin told reporters of the amazing feeling he got from netting his first goal in professional football, the club’s official website has confirmed.
The former Barcelona youth product has experienced his fair share of first-team action this season as the Gunners have had to contend with a number of absentees through injury.
He made his Premier League debut for the North Londoners earlier this campaign, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-2 home draw against struggling Hull City.
Since then he has featured regularly, starting three games in January, and topped off his current rise to prominence by scoring his first goal in professional football against Aston Villa in Sunday’s early kick-off.
With the game almost over, Bellerin arrowed a low shot in off the post in stoppage time – a moment he described to the club’s official website as ‘amazing’.
"It was an amazing feeling," said Bellerin. "It’s my first professional goal so I’m really happy.
“Thanks to all my team-mates, all the coaches and all the fans for the support they’ve given me. I’m really happy and really pleased for the team.”
The goal topped off a wonderful free-flowing performance from the Gunners and puts pressure on the top four following Southampton’s shock 1-0 loss at home to Swansea City.
Much has been spoken of the form being showed by Wenger’s men in recent weeks, and Bellerin adds that the years of hard work are now starting to pay off.
"We’ve been working on our free-flowing football for a few seasons and the team is now showing what we’re learning, what we’re practising, and it’s coming out now," he added.
"I’m really happy and I want it to continue in this dynamic because it’s really coming on."
Next up for the Gunners in the Premier League is a North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur, a game which could have huge implications in the race for a top-four spot.