Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has revealed that he is savouring the first-team opportunities that have come his way this season, Sky Sports is reporting.
The youngster had only appeared once for the club before this season, making his competitive debut at West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup in September 2013 before spending part of last season on loan at Watford, scoring one goal in eight appearances for the Championship club.
Injuries to Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal led to him being given his chance in the Champions League away to Borussia Dortmund in September. He endured a difficult night as the Gunners lost 2-0 in Germany, but since then he has gone from strength to strength, taking full advantage of Debuchy’s absence to score twice in 20 starts.
Debuchy is back in contention for Saturday’s game at relegation-threatened Burnley after a four-month lay-off, but Bellerin hopes to keep his place having enjoyed his unexpected run in the starting XI.
Ahead of the clash at Turf Moor, he said: “This season has been my best season so far. I’ve been playing two seasons professionally, but this one has been really good. It was unexpected with regards to the game time I’ve been getting. I’m really happy and grateful for the minutes and I’ve just been trying to push myself.
“I’m really lucky to be in the dressing room I am in, with the players I am with. It’s really helped me and I feel part of the team and valued and that has given me a lot of confidence. These four years (at Arsenal) have been a really good experience and, while this may be a bit early, I think it’s paid off.”
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