In an interview with BBC Football Focus, the Spaniard admitted that the team’s results haven’t been good enough of late, particularly in the Premier League.
“We have no excuse. We were really upset and we take responsibility… We know what we want to do to win matches and if we don’t do it we know it is our responsibility because maybe on that game our attitude wasn’t right, or our positioning wasn’t right. This is something we have all agreed and it is important we all step up”
Arsenal lie 14th in the Premier League, with 13 points from their first ten games. With one win in their last five games, their Premier League form is in stark contrast to their Europa League fortunes, where they are already confirmed as winners of their group, and have a 100% record.
But Bellerin was optimistic that Arsenal could turn their fortunes around, and that Mikel Arteta was the right man to lead the team: “When Mikel came we knew a change was needed in terms of not just the way we play but the culture and identity… on and off the pitch, that is something you don’t achieve in one day or one week. It is important to keep going because, even though results are not coming, we are doing so many things much better”
Mikel Arteta took over as Arsenal manager in December last year, and has guided them to FA Cup and Charity Shield wins in that period. He has also made them more competitive on the pitch, with the team having beaten Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea under his reign, and having recorded their first league win away at a “Big Six” side since 2015.
Arsenal’s next match is a Premier League clash away at north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who sit top of the table ahead of the weekend’s games.
Author: Ben Kitto