Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin has told reporters of his delight at establishing himself in the first-team squad and feels proud to be representing the club at such a young age, Arsenal.com report.
The 19-year-old defender joined the Gunners in 2011 from Barcelona, following in the footsteps of former fans favourite Cesc Fabregas.
After a previous loan spell at Watford, Bellerin gradually became more involved in the first-team squad this term and through injuries sustained to his teammates he has been pushed to the forefront.
Since the start of the New Year, he has started five Premier League matches and scored his first professional goal in the 5-0 victory over struggling Aston Villa.
Speaking to the club’s website ahead of their FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough on Sunday, Bellerin revelled in his progression with the Gunners and mentioned the feeling of being extremely proud.
“Suddenly you find yourself playing every week and it's a nice feeling because it's not as if you are playing for just any team, you are playing for Arsenal,” he explained.
“So the fact that I am playing every week for Arsenal, at just 19 years old, is something that I am really proud of.”
“I’m really grateful to the people who have given me the chance, and the fact that we are getting some wins as well is really nice and I'm very happy about it.”
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Bellerin has certainly proved himself to be a worthy member of Arsene Wenger’s first-team XI over the past five matches.
Defensively, he has been very assured and has averaged 2.2 tackles, 4.4 effective clearances, 3.4 interceptions and six ball recoveries per match.
Arguably his finest moment came during the recent 2-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium as he kept a host of world class players at bay in a terrific defensive display.