Hector Bellerin says Arsenal can still win the Premier League and need only to look to West London for inspiration.
Pointing out that Chelsea won the title last season after recovering from an appalling start, including a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates, the Spaniard played up the importance of the Gunners stringing together a consistent run of form after damaging defeats to Stoke and Liverpool.
“If we did not think that we could win the title, what we would we be doing here?” he told the International Business Times.
“It would not make any sense. We train every day very hard to be able to win the Premier League. It has only been two bad games.”
He added: “Look at how Chelsea began last season and how they ended up winning the title.
“It doesn’t only matter how you start but to be consistent. Check the Chelsea results at the beginning of last season. They had a difficult time too, they lost two games and won several games in the last minutes. Then, they won 13 consecutive games and eventually won the Premier League.
“Manchester City, however, started very well and then faded out. The important thing is to be consistent throughout the season. We have had two bad games but we now have six points and we have to look forward.”
After a two-week Interlull the Gunners got back to winning ways against Bournemouth on Saturday. It was a performance that pleased Bellerin given the negative atmosphere that again enveloped the club.
“It has been a difficult period for the Arsenal family,” he remarked.
“Players knew that we had to give our 100% against Bournemouth because we had to win no matter what. It was a good way to prove that we have just had two bad games and we have to move on. I am very happy with the attitude and the result.”