Arsenal defender’s immersion in photography have helped his mental health after recovering from long-term injury

Héctor Bellerín remembers the epiphany he experienced after speaking to a friend who, partly through working with art, had overcome mental health troubles. “That experience was very powerful for me,” the Arsenal defender says. “I really saw art very differently after that. I used to pass by and say I liked things, but then I started to analyse the meanings more.”

It has been a valuable resource over the past two years. Bellerín was only just getting back into his stride after a nine-month layoff with a ruptured cruciate ligament when football’s Covid-19 shutdown hit last March, but he felt better equipped to deal with another gaping chasm in his calendar.

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