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'I'm not that kid anymore'


With a fast rise and an early introduction to the first team, Hector Bellerin has had to grow up quickly.

The Spain international traded Barcelona for London at the age of just 16 and has already amassed more than 100 appearances in Arsenal colours.

"It's been two and a half years in the first team now," Bellerin told Arsenal Player. "So obviously the first season was just about trying to get as many games as you can. It's just literally been about enjoying it and showing everyone what you can do. 

"Last season was about cementing myself in the first-team squad and I'm glad that the boss gave me a chance to do that. This season is about just making sure that I can hold my spot.

"I think I've grown up as a person in these two and a half years. A lot of situations have happened in my life so I've grown up a lot and I feel more like I'm not that kid anymore. 

"I've grown up in so many ways and I consider myself a man and now ready to play first-team football any time of the day.

"I feel older than 22 but I think I felt like that my whole life. I was that kind of kid. Maybe because I was just good at playing football I was always chilling with the older guys. I've never really got on with the people my age group in school.

"I've always been with older people, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it but I felt really proud when I played my 100th game for Arsenal. For me it was a massive thing and to do it at 21 or 22 is even bigger."

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