The Spaniard has been transformed into a right-back and is enjoying his time in the Gunners’ first team.
Although Arsenal have splurged huge amounts of money on a number of household names in recent transfer windows, one of the most promising things for the North London club this season has been the emergence of a number of young stars.
Francis Coquelin’s emergence in the Gunners midfield has been noteworthy, whir Hector Bellerin has also taken to first-team football with aplomb.
The attack-minded full-back joined the Emirates Stadium side from Barcelona, with the English side transforming him from a winger into a defender.
Bellerin has stated that he is happy and confident playing as a right-back and feels he has done enough to prove to everyone that is more than good enough for the Gunners’ starting XI.
“You really have to grow up and there’s a lot of things that have changed,” he told the club’s official website.
“When I was there (at Barcelona) I used to play as a winger and now I’m playing as a defender. I feel I’ve grown up on and off the pitch and I feel really confident now as a right back.
“I’ve only played there for four years but I’m feeling really confident that I can play there, and that I’m proving to everyone that I can play in the Arsenal first team.”
Following the departure of Bacary Sagna last summer, Arsenal were facing something of a crisis at right-back.
However, Bellerin’s emergence alongside the signings of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers means that Arsene Wenger is now blessed with excellent options in the position.
Despite the quality of other options, the young Spaniard seems to have established himself as Wenger’s first-choice in the position this season.