Bellerin on Wenger, Gianfranco Zola and his pace.


Gunners defender Hector Bellerin admits he is enjoying his time at Arsenal and says he is playing with freedom due to the faith his current and previous manager have shown in him.

The 19-year-old has been impressive for Arsene Wenger's team since he made his debut in Arsenal's clash against Borussia Dortmund back in November 2014, and scored his first goal for Wenger's team in their 5-0 win over Aston Villa at the Emirates.

However, the right-back spoke of the help Arsene Wenger and Gianfranco Zola have shown in his development as a professional footballer.

“He [Wenger] just told me all the time just to be confident and play like I was playing for the under-21s and Watford,” Bellerin said, as Arsenal.com reported.

“It’s nice that he has the courage to trust you. He knows you can do it, so that’s what’s made me perform the way that I have.

“Watford was a really good experience, especially with Gianfranco Zola as a coach - I learned a lot from him. It was just about getting involved in professional football for the first time, getting experience in the Championship and he played me since the first day.

“I’m really grateful and I call him sometimes to thank him because he was the one that gave me the chance and trusted me. I had a really good time over there and lots of people think that I had to come back because I wasn’t playing, but it was a really positive experience for me.”

The Spaniard also commented about his speed, admitting he has always had pace and does a lot of work on it.

“There are some people who are just born quick and some people that are born slower,” the full back explained. “But I worked a lot on my speed and power with the conditioning coach last year - that's something which has helped me a lot.

“The work that you don’t see, in the shadows, really shows on the pitch. My time over 40 metres was the fastest. It’s something I didn’t expect - we were just having a test and then they told me I was the fastest at the club. It’s nice to be able to say that I’m the quickest player.”


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