Hector Bellerin has revealed how it felt to hear Arsenal fans sing his name for the first time.
The Spain Under-21 defender had only made one first-team performance before the start of last season, but went on to play 24 times for the Gunners and score twice in a breakthrough campaign.
Bellerin quickly became a fan favourite and was soon given a song by Arsenal’s travelling support.
"Once that happened for the first time, it felt like everything had fallen into place and it was a great experience"
“I remember the first time I heard it - we were playing QPR away,” the 20-year-old told Arsenal Player. “I started hearing something like Bellerin and I thought, ‘Is that really a song for me?’. And then they sang it.
“I couldn’t believe it. To play away at QPR and hear my song was amazing. The away support is really strong at Arsenal and to hear that they’re cheering for you, singing your name, you can’t really ask for more. That was one of the highlights of my season.
“In the beginning when you start playing you hope that one day you will have your own song. Once that happened for the first time, it felt like everything had fallen into place and it was a great experience.”
Bellerin is one of many academy products to make the step up to the first team, and he believes that is why the Arsenal fans have accepted him as one of their own.
“The fans rate that Arsenal don’t just buy players, they make them the players they are,” he said. “Arsenal fans are really proud of that and I think that’s a great thing.
"When players like Francis, Jack or myself come up, the fans should be proud that their team is doing what they’re doing. That’s a great thing Arsenal do.”
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