Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has admitted he was a ‘bit naughty’ in his early years at Arsenal with former teammate and now supervisor Mikel Arteta setting him on the proper path.
The pair each arrived on the Emirates in the summertime of 2011, with Bellerin becoming a member of the membership as a scholar having beforehand performed for Barcelona’s youth groups whereas Arteta joined the Gunners in a £10million deal from Premier League rivals Everton.
Bellerin, a first-team common for Arteta within the present Arsenal arrange, admitted he had mischievous traits and fell into the entice of residing his life too wild exterior of soccer.
Talking candidly in ‘Unseen Journey’, a brand new documentary collection produced by HIFEN Studios charting his rehabilitation from his anterior cruciate ligament harm, Bellerin mentioned: “Mikel got here to Arsenal once we had been right here and there for a few years.
“I used to be within the robust staff that Mikel was captain of and he was a part of the Spanish group too; he sorted me.
“I used to be a bit naughty [at first], getting cash, assembly ladies and going out; all this stuff that everybody does. However not everybody has the duty that I’ve [as a professional footballer].
“He was like an enormous brother to me; once I did one thing mistaken he would have a look at me and say don’t try this. Generally you want individuals to be trustworthy and let you know straight and that make a distinction.”
Quick ahead to the present day and Arteta is now managing Bellerin, with the 25-year-old having a robust affect within the Arsenal dressing room.
And it got here as no shock to the Spaniard when Arteta ventured into administration – as he was so engrossed into the tactical facet of soccer whilst a participant.
He defined: “We knew how good his concepts had been when he was a participant. He used to inform us he would do that and try this; and the way he would handle the staff [if he was in charge].
“I keep in mind him telling us Pep Guardiola had provided him a spot to be his assistant and didn’t know whether or not to remain or go. I feel he made the proper determination.”
Underling Arteta’s influence on the present facet, Bellerin referenced final season’s FA Cup semi-final in opposition to his former facet Manchester Metropolis.
He defined: “We misplaced in opposition to Man Metropolis within the league [3-0] below Mikel and at Wembley so within the FA Cup [semi-final] it was our probability to win a trophy. Having been assistant to Pep he knew them inside out.
“That complete week we labored so onerous on what we wanted to do and that sport we had been so environment friendly once we obtained possibilities.
“We must always have put the sport to mattress, then in the previous few minutes we needed to defend for our lives; which isn’t the prettiest approach of enjoying.
“But it surely’s wanted to be a staff of champions; it’s essential know undergo and earlier than we didn’t know undergo.
“Tactically the coach gave us all the assistance that we wanted to get the win and we secured a spot within the closing.
“I knew it wouldn’t be like every other closing with out our followers there. It was an enormous probability for us to show one thing detrimental into one thing optimistic.
“We had been stuffed with confidence [against Chelsea] and that comes from realizing the place it’s essential be each time [on the pitch].
“I feel everyone seems to be seeing what he has instilled within the membership and we’re nonetheless constructing right this moment.”
The nine-part documentary collection, Unseen Journey, is accessible on Bellerin’s YouTube and Fb channels from January 13