Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has commented on the difference in coaching he has noticed since his departure from Spain back in 2011 and says that when he arrived at the north London club things were more professional.
The Spanish right-back spent an evening at the Oxford union where he spoke openly to students about how being at Arsenal player compared to being with the La Liga giants.
He said, as quoted by The Sun: “It was like night and day, the difference between Barcelona and Arsenal.
“At Barcelona I was just 8-16, when I came to Arsenal I was a professional footballer.
“At Barcelona we were just kicking around on the pitch, at Arsenal, my first day, there were no balls.”
Bellerin was the first player from the EPL to have ever spoken at the university’s union – usually reserved for high profile and famous speakers.
The 22-year-old full-back has become one of the best players in his position in the world since his development in the Arsenal side and is the established first-choice in the position.
Bellerin has already made 30 appearances for the Gunners this season and as long as no sudden injury comes to fruition he will take to the field of play against fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, where he will have the task of keeping the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and potential debutant Lucas Moura, all in check.
It has become a must-win game for Arsene Wenger’s side if they are to keep up pressure on the sides above them.
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