Arsenal star outlines reason behind his massive improvement

Hector Bellerin

Hector Bellerin has revealed what he worked on off the pitch to improve his basic abilities.

Bellerin has been the real breakthrough star for Arsenal this term, and the Spanish full-back has told the Telegraph what he has worked on in training to show up on the pitch.

“I worked a lot on my speed and power with the conditioning coach last year,” Bellerin, 20, said. “The work that you don’t see, in the shadows, really shows on the pitch.”

The real showing of his speed and physical talents came the fore earlier this season when it was revealed he had beaten the speed record at the Gunners help by Theo Walcott.

The former Barcelona man has always been known as something of a pacy wide-man, and he shaved one-hundredth of a second off Walcott’s 4.42 second record in the 40-metre sprint - a record that was held by Thierry Henry before Walcott.

Bellerin showed off his speed last season during a loan with Championship side Watford, although he always came across as something of a rough diamond who would be unable to make the step up to the Premier League.

Yet this term he has been a key figure for the Gunners since coming into the first-team with the injury to Mathieu Debuchy, and there has been a visible improvement in his on-pitch performances. He has 20 games to his name so far, and it does not look like he will be stopping in the coming weeks, all thanks to the work he has been doing on the training ground to ensure that his development progresses at an incredible rate.

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