Every great adventure has a journey. And every journey has a story behind it. Nowhere is that more true than in football.
From fans who follow their side across the country to the clubs themselves whose season can definitely be described as a journey. Europcar, Arsenal’s official car and van rental partner, understands that the journey is just important as the destination. They have been exploring the ‘Footballing journey’ this season to discover the stories behind some great and meaningful journeys.
They recently managed to sit down with three Arsenal players to find out about their footballing journeys throughout their careers…
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin knows a thing or two about travelling.
The youngster has established himself as one of the best defenders in the game over the last few years and, as a result, has had the privilege of playing the game all over the world.
He may still only be young but the Spaniard will already be used to spending most of his time travelling to and from games, especially as Arsenal continue to compete in Europe consistently – 24 consecutive years to be precise.
Bellerin recently told Europcar, Arsenal’s official car and van rental partner, about his traveling habits, from his best journey to the music he prefers to listen to when travelling and the ground he enjoys traveling to most.
He explains what surprises him when he’s travelling in Turkey, his love for house/hip-hop and why he enjoys reading on long journeys.
You can see what the defender and his teammates enjoy/dislike about their travels in the video below…
Worst journey to a match?
Probably when we’ve travelled to Turkey, people over there – there’s four lanes in the motorway and they use six. It’s quite chaotic, but it’s nice to travel to a different country though and see how it is – to see the different cultures.
Aside from Emirates Stadium, which ground is your favourite to travel to?
Even though it’s pretty close I would say Vicarage Road, because I played there for a few months a couple of years ago and it’s like a second home for me when we play there.
Which is your favourite ground to play at?
I would say Old Trafford is a pretty good ground to play at, I won a tournament over there when I was 15 years old with Barcelona which was a pretty big thing. Every time I play there I remember that time. It’s a special stadium to me. We were champions of the world when we won that tournament, I have special friends still from that year.
Name one item you can’t travel without…
Apart from my phone probably a book, if it’s a long journey you have a lot of time and I don’t sleep. Right now I’m reading a book by Ed Smith, What Sport Tells Us About Life which is interesting and a good read.
Are you early, late or on time?
I’m always early.
Driver or passenger?
I like driving a lot but if it’s a long journey I prefer to be the passenger.
City or countryside for driving?
I prefer country roads, so you don’t have to stop at every traffic light.
Car journey anthem?
If it’s a long journey something I can get hyped to, because I don’t want to fall asleep or get bored so probably house music or hip hop.
Favourite companion on a long journey?
It would have to be one of my friends, I wouldn’t say one – the friends I live with, we know each other a lot. There’s one who I won’t name but he always falls asleep so he wouldn’t be the best one! He can sleep in the backseat while I talk to another friend in the front!