Bellerin on in-game tactics and enjoying football

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Hector Bellerin says Arsenal deserved their win over Leicester City despite being made to work hard for the three points by the visitors resolute defending.

An own goal by Robert Huth, who deflecting in a Monreal cross, was enough for the Gunners to secure a 1-0 win that closes the gap on the Champions League places to four points.

Speaking after the game, Bellerin underlined how important it was to notch another victory so soon after Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final success at Wembley.

“It was really important for us to get the win today,” the 22-year-old told Arsenal Player.

“The spirits were really high after the weekend, so we knew that we had to keep it up. Leicester is always tough. They’re a team that defend really well, so it’s always very hard to crack them.

“We had to wait until the last 10 minutes to do it but I think the team deserved the win. We had the most of the game and you know, there was good energy and good spirit and we’ve just got to keep it going into the weekend now.”

Arsene Wenger started the game playing with three centre-backs but reverted to a more familiar 4-3-3 formation in the second half with his side dominating possession but struggling to create chances in the final third.

The tactical flexibility paid dividends, according to Bellerin, who added: “Sometimes you’ve just got to switch the tactics.

“I think the team played with great energy at the beginning and we were getting chances, we just weren’t efficient enough. But then, towards the end we knew that we would have our chances and the goal came at the end.

“I think it’s good credit to the team that we kept going, we were patient and then we got the goal.

“Sometimes you’ve just got to keep switching system and make the other teams just think about it for a second and I think the team is doing really good. No matter what system we play, I think the team is performing so we’ve just got to keep it going and enjoy every minute of it.”

Read today’s Arseblog: Arsenal 1-0 Leicester City: Nacho forces the winner, Sanchez throw antics entertain

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Neville Neville
Neville Neville

Switching tactics! Next it will be early substitutions…

What has happened to my Arsenal???

The horror.

Tom K
Tom K

Thank god he got rid of the cornrows!

N Wood
N Wood

That must have been a bet or some other training ground hijinks

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

I liked them, but I guess it’s only me. And Hector himself.

Tom K
Tom K

Thumbs down for you sir/madame

Theresia. N
Theresia. N

I also liked them… He looked awesome

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

The corn rows are still better than that smeg-awful man bun.

Vehcede
Vehcede

I honestly fell like his hair style affects his footballing brain

Vehcede
Vehcede

*feel

Woody
Woody

He played with a little bit hair brake on. No?

Kutuhead
Kutuhead

Totally agree. Somehow just affected the aerodynamics

Virgin Desmond
Virgin Desmond

Seriously!! I’m sure you’re damn right!!

not so fed up
not so fed up

Go mash some spuds on Sunday ?

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor

Gotta love the in-week tactical hair do flexibility. Too be honest I hated the corn rows but if he can find a way to fully regain that freaky pace I wouldn’t care what he chooses to do hair-wise. Much.

Mark
Mark

It’s not the system as much as the players and how they implement whatever the manager chooses to play. For example, no system is going to be successful when Walcott just kind of waltzes around out there no looking to get involved.

Pedant
Pedant
yagaru
yagaru

Sums up the stupidity of your average sp*rs fan lol.

a different George
a different George

Maybe he was saying something racist, so they assumed he was a Chelsea supporter.

Belfast Gooner
Belfast Gooner

They beat up their own, they beat up their own,
Totteringham Hotspur
They beat up their own!

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

That desperately needs to be sung at Shite Fart Lane on sunday.

santori
santori

This is exactly what Wenger needed, flexibility of tactics.

I think he was intent on trying to catch the Leicester defense quicker with Theo up top.

But As I mentioned before, we are more structured with GIroud and he’s simply a pest in the box for the other side to deal with even if he isn’t scoring or not on the ball.

which is why I prefer to see him get the minutes over the wasteful Welbeck at the moment or Theo who when he isn’t with the ball doe snot affect the game as much.

Wenger switched from 3-4-3 to 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3.

Indeed formation is sometimes moot and it really depends who you have to put on and where the emphasis should be to those players strength.

Without Ox, our options were slightly more limited for the wing back role. Bellerin is offensive minded enough but both him and Gibbs were some what wanting with the final ball.

I personally would like to see iwobi not as a wing back but maybe in midfield. Coquelin did decent IMO with the 3-4-3 formation, as he turned the ball back to our possession higher up but Ramsey who came on to provide more attacking intent sometimes over complicates things.

Feel Iwobi can add strength and a bit more directness next to Granit.

Out wide our options were limited and Gibbs was OK but not great.

The critical issue though for me is WHEN the manager decides to implement the changes.

I still think he persist too long with original plan and should decide to put in the changes earlier so we have more effective time for it to work.

Overall , don’t believe all this bollocks about us being ‘lucky’.

You create your own ‘luck’.

Put the ball into the danger zone enough and have enough bodies in there, you will have more chance of scoring or forcing an error as in the case of Giroud who bullied Huth with his own game into the own goal.

kas
kas

Got to get OX & Holding back in the team v Spurs. Suppose Ozil will play & wander around in a dream.