Born and raised in Barcelona, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin joined the academy five years ago and has made a truly impressive embrace of English culture during his time in London. Now the 20-year-old Spanish back is endearing himself to Londoners by taking on a habit just about everyone knows and loves.
‘I love going to the pub for a bit of food,’ Bellerin said.
‘My dad loves fish and chips. Every single week our family go to the pub. Oh, and roast dinners, too – they’re great. They kind of feel English now! Maybe not the warm beer, though.’
Now with a southern English accent detectable in his Spanish accent, the young back also said that he’s started adopted slang terms as well.
Clocked as the fastest player on the Arsenal team after narrowly beating Theo Walcott’s 40m sprint, Bellerin has been a mainstay on the Gunners starting lineup for the last two years after a brief loan spell to Watford during the 2013-14 season. He was a finalist for the 2015 Golden Boy Award, but lost to Man United striker Anthony Martial.
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