- Hector picked up an ACL injury in January 2019.
- And he says he turned to alcohol to deal with depression caused by not being able to play.
- Coaches and family made him stop drinking, and he is no longer an addict.
"It was the first time that I had got injured like that, and I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen to me," Hector Bellerin said on Timbsy YouTube show about his ACL injury, as quoted by Goal.
"I wasn’t really training, and I started going out a lot, I started drinking and all this stuff and you know for a footballer that’s not what you’re supposed to say but it’s the truth.
"We have our issues, we have our mental health problems. And when football, which is basically your identity, gets taken out of you, we find it difficult.
"Obviously London is a town that offers a lot of distractions and it’s really easy when you don’t feel you have a responsibility – obviously I knew I had to recover, but I didn’t have to train or play – my mind kind of just went elsewhere.
"I was lucky enough to have players and coaches who knew what I was doing, and they said ‘look Hector, that’s not the right way to do it’, and I felt so lucky about that.
"Now the last thing I do when I have an injury is drink because I know how bad that is."
Bellerin suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on January 19. It took him 9 months to recover and play again.
His pace has seemingly deteriorated since that injury and he no longer overlaps the way he used to do.
Hector is heavily rumoured to be leaving Arsenal this summer after 10 years at the club.
However, Mikel Arteta dismissed these rumours. The right-back has two more years on his contract with the Gunners.