Hector Bellerin admits he could not defend before he joined Arsenal

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Hector Bellerin has heaped praise on Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould for teaching him how to defend. 

The Spaniard joined the Gunners' academy from Barcelona in 2011 and admits he did not have a clue how to defend and was more of a winger in his younger days.

Since breaking into the first-team, Bellerin has gone on to become a mainstay in the Arsenal side, usurping French international Mathieu Debuchy.


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His blistering speed is a huge advantage at full-back, but the 20-year-old credits Arsenal's assistant manager for teaching him the basics of defending during his days in the youth setup.

As per Sky Sports, he said: "When I first came to Arsenal, I didn't know how to defend.

"If there was a person who I had to identify as helping me a lot, that would have to be Bould. I was a winger but from the Under-18s up, I remember him just showing me the basics.

"Even then, I remember him sometimes holding his head like, 'What is Hector doing?' He's been one of the key people in my career. He's one of the reasons I'm here now."

"I remember him sometimes holding his head like, 'What is Hector doing?'"


There is no denying Bellerin has grown into one of the top full-backs in the Premier League.

He has become a huge fan favourite since emerging onto the scene and his form has been so impressive that there has been speculation Mathieu Debuchy will depart the Emirates in January.

With France hosting Euro 2016 in the summer, the former Newcastle defender may be left with no alternative if he wants to make Didier Deschamps' squad.


Given Bellerin's achievements for the Gunners, it comes as a surprise to see he is still awaiting his first cap for the Spanish national team.

He was called up to Vicente del Bosque's squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia but did not make an appearance.

Surely it's only a matter of time before the full-back makes his bow and, who knows, he could force his way into the squad as Spain look to defend their title.

Not only is Hector incredible on the pitch, he is pretty hilarious off it....

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