Hector Bellerin admits surprise at first team spot for Arsenal

The young Spaniard has been given his opportunity and impressed for Arsene Wenger's side.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has told the club’s official website he is surprised to have started so often for the first team this season.

The 20-year-old was arguably third choice at the club behind Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers at the start of the season, but injuries to both players have given him the chance to impress.

And he has done just that, making his debut in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund and going on to make 20 appearances so far, scoring against Liverpool and Aston Villa to boot.

Despite his success, Bellerin has admitted he is surprised to have played so often this season.

“If someone would have told me that this was a position I would do well in this season, I wouldn’t have believed them,” he said.

“I was really close to leaving on loan again and was talking to the coaches about where to go next season, but it turned out way differently. I knew that I was going to work hard wherever I was, fight for a spot wherever I was, and that’s what I did. I got my chance and I think I took it.”

Whether the youngster remains first choice next season however, remains to be seen.

As already mentioned, competition is fierce in the position with Debuchy and Chambers both vying for starting places, with the Frenchman in particular regarded as Wenger’s number one choice.

Predictably, Bellerin is keen to retain the spot he’s worked hard to get, and says that the competition between him and Debuchy will only be of benefit to the rest of the team.

“I definitely want to remain first choice, that’s what any player wants to do, week in, week out in any position,” he added.

“I think it’s really positive that in every single position there’s loads of top-quality players who need to fight for their spot. The fact that there’s a good spirit gets the best out of everyone.”

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