Bellerin: Rivals will drop points, it happens every week

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Hector Bellerin says he’s not giving up hope of a top four finish claiming Arsenal’s rivals are still capable of ballsing things up in the coming months.

Manchester United and Chelsea have both lost two of their last five games in the Premier League as they, like Arsenal, have fallen further behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

Hoping that the trend might continue, and that the Gunners might stop being absolute twaddle as soon as they step outside the confines of the Emirates, the Spaniard struck an optimistic note after the North London derby defeat.

“There are still loads of games and big teams can lose against smaller teams,” Bellerin told the Evening Standard. “It happens every week.

“We have the faith to make the top four and the Champions League next year.

“Every single competition is important. We’ve still got the Carabao Cup here at Wembley, the game against Ostersunds in the Europa League is as important as the ones in the league.”

In a separate conversation with Arsenal.com, the right-back touched on the importance of bouncing back from yet another setback.

“There are loads of points still to play for, so we need to look forward. We can’t just be stuck looking back at this game.

“We need to analyse, need to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes and we’ve still got quite a few games to play. We still need to play some of the big teams in the top six as well, so we’ll see. You never know what can happen in the Premier League.”

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GoonerKR
GoonerKR

Yes Hector, but the way we playing looks like we gonna keep dropping points until end of the season.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

If only we didn’t have to play away matches.

Twisted cuntloks
Twisted cuntloks

“We need to analyse, need to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes and we’ve still got quite a few games to play.”

Yes Hector but we have heard this shit over and over for the past 10+ years, so why should we have faith in the team anymore?

Stuck on repeat...
Stuck on repeat...

It’s all fluff really…

IamaGoober

I thought that Hector probably was our best player against Spurs. But his comments here in my eyes are just irrelevant and should be disregarded as nothing more then ‘filler.’

We shouldn’t expect anything different from the Arsenal players at this stage. They are more then well drilled in the arts of providing garbage content during their interviews after another no showing performance like Saturdays.

The only difference being, those comments used to be ‘oh, we still think we can win the title…’ even though at that point we were 12-15 points off the top. Now due to our decline, those comments are morphing into ‘oh, we still think we can get into the top four..’ and that’s the scary truth.

A top 4 finish at this point is nothing more than a pipe dream. In order for us to even get close to pulling off that minor footballing miracle, we are having to bank on at least two of the following three teams; Spurs, Liverpool or Chelsea going into complete meltdown. I know that those teams do genuinely have it in their collective lockers to fall apart, but its mid February, and with only 11 fixtures remaining we’d need two of those teams to lose as many as 4 games between now and the end of the season – whilst we win every game. Which just genuinely isn’t going to happen.

Every team we come up against smells blood, they know we are there for the taking, they all know we don’t have the bottle to deal with it when we go a goal down.

Genuinely wouldn’t be surprised if we go on to lose the majority of those remaining games away from home. Operation ‘Europa League’ is our only way back into the Champions League next year, and winning that is going to be no easy accomplishment when you see the teams that are left in that.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Herein lies the problem

Goooooonnnnaaaaaaa
Goooooonnnnaaaaaaa

Exactly, I’m trying not to be pessimistic and I know the teams above us are all bound to drop points between now and the end of the season. I’ll go as far as to say, if we win all our games between now and the end of the season, we’d provably finish 2nd.

But this team won’t learn from their mistakes, and will continue to have similar slip ups. I honestly don’t believe we’ll get past city in the league cup final (felt the same way about the fa cup last season so you never know), really don’t think this team has it in them to win the Europa League, and I don’t think we’ll finish in the top 4.

We’re in a tough spot in this club’s history, but not all is shit tho. The changes we’ve made behind the scenes do look promising for the future. But the fact is, until we get a new manager, nothing will change. It’s not just about our defense, our defenders are much better than they’re playing, and I don’t buy the argument that they’re not coached. The way Arsene Wenger sets his team up, the way he prepares them before games physically and mentally – is a joke. Tottenham looked miles fitter, more up for it and tactically set up better than we did.

Players like Xhaka will continue to play shit every week and coninue to be selected because of their perceived status in wengers mind. How niles hasn’t been given a chance in a midfield that’s been dysfunctional since cazorla’s injury is beyond me. How have Elnenny and Xhaka merited starts ahead of him? The bold risk taking arsene wenger who used to say “if you’re good enough youre old enough” is long long gone. Right now what we have is a tactically inflexible old man that is allowed to continuously make the same rookie mistakes every year.

Ive always been a huge admirer of wenger as a man and as a manger. Start of last season I had the utmost respect for the man but felt we needed a change in managers. When stuff got ugly last season, I was sure there was no way wenger could stay on and didn’t want to see him leave by being abused and disrespected. Right now I couldn’t care less about what hes done for our club, he’s a selfish prick for staying on and I Just want to see a new manager at our club. Just seeing a new face would rejuvenate the players and the fans. I even believe someone less qualified would get more out of this squad. Call me a deluded idiot but I’ve wanted Patrick viera as our next manager since he took over at NYCFC. Personally, I don’t care who it is really, just dont want to see wenger at our club at the start of next season.

Having said all of that, I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if wenger stayed on till the end of next season and beyond.

Gunnerali
Gunnerali

A little harsh in places but can’t say I disagree much, sadly!!

Twisted cuntloks
Twisted cuntloks

Fair comment and to the point Gooonnnaaa.
I honestly believe we could sign the entire Barcelona team for Wenger and we would still struggle to get in the top 4 such is his drop in coaching standards/ideas these past 10 years.

IMO at 68 I wonder about his ability to think on his feet in the heat of the battle and maybe it isn’t what it used to be.
I also suspect he still believes the old mantra that Arsene Knows Best.
He is stubborn, deluded, stale and is also addicted to the power he has at our club.

A high quality, tactically sound, younger, fresher manager could turn the club around in a few seasons and I for one cannot believe any big club in the world would allow this man to drag the club and his reputation down to these levels.
There has been a gradual erosion in standards when we think of the past 10 years and many of those years we have scraped in to 4th by the skin of our teeth (remember lasagnegate) and could easily have ended up in 5th.

IMO the gradual erosion is nothing to do with lack of money when we moved to the new stadium. It was tight for a few years granted but even then we had more money than at any time during the Highbury years where we were attracting incredible players on a shoestring budget with great infrastructure behind him.

You could argue part of the reason players go to City, Manure, Chelsea and even sp*rs instead of us is to play under a great manager.
If Wenger was still a great manager, we would at least be seriously competing for the league regardless of money and the lure of Wenger would be so great still, world class players would be easier to attract.

A great manager for example like Simeone at Athletico doesn’t need huge funds or lots of world stars to compete, he has other great qualities that he instills in his teams that gets them punching way above their weight.

This is what Wenger was so good at in the early years but that Wenger sadly is no more and someone like DD needs to help him understand this.

I hope he goes this summer, if he clings on, next year (although we may scrape a cup) it could end up like George Graham’s last season in 1994/95…

Deano

Really good read, in total agreement with everything you put until you brought up big Pat as our next manager.

Zyrth
Zyrth

They should stop and change the way they analyze if that’s the case. Because we’ve been absolutely shit building up our attack. Everyone’s passing backwards or inside, it’s slow porous and predicatable. Can any of our CMs and FBs skip pass a presser and pass forward at all? That’s the main issue when we’re attacking.

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

As bad as we were on Saturday, part of me wonders if it’s a little bit down to Auba and Mkhi still settling into the team.

I know we’ve ballsed up throughout the season, but I’m still trying to be optimistic over here.

Atom
Atom

While I admire your optimism our away record has been atrocious for the past 2 seasons so that likely has very little to do with it.

David C
David C

which is so weird because I remember not long ago that we were one of the better teams on the road and struggled at home. We were all on here talking about the Emirates atmosphere, etc at the time.

I think Tony Adams should do the next team talk away from home or get that pirate looking tough guy with the nose ring and long hair who is at every game to shout at the team for a bit.

Nachos in Montreal
Nachos in Montreal

You mean Bully? HAHAHA THAT WOULD BE GLORIOUS!! Arsenalfantv should look into that

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

That pirate bloke comes across as a complete tosser.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Love that pirate bit. That guy is so faithful and our guys keep letting him and us down. Shame

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

Optimism was dragged out of me ten years ago, it was replaced by pessimism …now pessimism has been replaced with realism…which isn’t much different from pessimism at this moment in time!

Mpls
Mpls

There were many causes for this one, but mostly we lost it in the midfield and defense. We couldn’t come close to controlling the ball in midfield to build an attack until the closing stages and they pressed the life out of our creative midfield. After Elneny was pulled our defensive work, which was already a bit challenged, was fully unstuck.

They made a clear point of pressing and overloading our right flank with Alli and Trippier running into the space opening on the opposite side when they pulled us out of shape. So Mkhi not being fully adjusted sure didn’t help. As far as Auba goes, if our midfield can’t get a chance to organize itself enough to play him the damn ball, he’s not going to be able to do his job. Jack plays him in once, he’s through on goal (but marginal at best offside). Later in the match Laca cut through them too. Why didn’t we do more of it? Because they killed our midfield with the press, not giving a chance to pick out those passes.

Paul
Paul

I admire your optimism Hector.

Pedant
Pedant

13 points from 14 away matches. Analyse and sort that out please.

Can anyone see us in other than 6th place at the end of the season?

Mootilated
Mootilated

Yes. 7th.

Nketibag
Nketibag

“I’ve not given up on the league yet”

Gooner57
Gooner57

We’ve played more away games than the actual total points we’ve accumulated from away games this season. That’s not good enough by a long shot

lyonsl
lyonsl

“We need to analyse, need to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes and we’ve still got quite a few games to play.
funny guy, this young spaniard

ronaldo
ronaldo

we have been analysing for the last eight years and nothing has changed , so how much longer do you want to carry on analysing

Matt
Matt

It happens every week or almost every week but to us!!!

Oozil
Oozil

The truth is that only city have played well this season. All the other teams have been piss poor at times.
Piss poor away against the big teams was our story of many seasons. This season it was just piss poor away. If they are planning to wipe out the problem by getting rid of the words in piss poor away against the big teams then good progress. We are just three words away from being league winners. Hopefully that ll happen next season.
But hope we aren’t stuck at piss poor ??

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

“Rivals will drop points” and so will we…

(sad truth)

Lanre
Lanre

Shut up man

foreverinourshadows
foreverinourshadows

Bellerin the bellend, what planet does he live on, oh yeah the planet deluded Wenger, we will not finish in the top four, the only reason no one else can catch us is we are too far ahead, really poor play away from home seven losses is a joke, we have no defence spine, no leadership, and destroying Lacezette’s confidence, well done Wenger, the sooner Wenger goes and I hope it’s in the Summer, the sooner we can establish ourselves again, even the tickets for the final at Wembley haven’t sold out. The penny has dropped with le fraud

santori
santori

No one is destroying Lacazette’s confidence.

Fact is most people are not too bright. They tend to believe statistics thrown at them by stats merchants.

We’ve seen it before, players who are impressive in other leagues “world class” that come over and do not do the business. Radamel Falcao.

It doesn’t co-relate.

What’s critical is the balance of the team and the types of capabilities we need.

I mentioned before there was a reason why Deschamp started Giroud ahead of Lacazette.

ironically Giroud going to Chelsea (and CL) will likely have a better look into the national team now than Lacazette.

BUT many people believe this “world class” nonsense and peddle it.

“pacy” they will say but then complain he gets no service.

If you are pacy, you do not get caught up with by a Cback.

If you are world class, you make things happen for yourself.

You finish service given to you by the much derided Iwobi.

You don’t depend on your manager to boost your confidence just because you have limited time on the pitch.

Giroud had limited time this season and still came on to affect a game.

Please. Stop.

Atom
Atom

You can’t compare international football to the PL. International is a much slower pace of game with more time on the ball than top level CL or PL football. Add in that France has Greizman and a lot of their system is designed around him – Giroud flicking it onto a world class forward. Playing a very slow forward like Giroud as the focal point of our offense limits us to our U shape and knocking crosses into the box. Giroud is a terrific header / finisher for that style of game. That said I’m not sure that’s the key to success for us Arsenal going forward. To succeed we need to be able to counter and to play quickly, which Giroud simply didn’t allow us to do. He was a great player for the club and was better than his detractors made him out to be, but in no way was Giroud world class. I find your constant derision of the winter transfer window a little puzzling when considering the facts:

– Sanchez wanted out so badly he was willing to go to Man U to just not spend another 6 months here. We weren’t going to keep him and to get Mik in return rather than the 20m we would have gotten from city was excellent
-Giroud wanted out to ensure his World Cup place. He explicitly said Deschamps told him to leave Arsenal if he wanted to make the world cup. Aubameyang allows us to play a faster game and is a considered by most to be a better player than Giroud. Granted he’s not suited towards a slow game where we cross the ball into the box while trying to play catch up – but I’m not sure most believe that was the way forward anyways.
-Walcott – Wenger flat out did not play him. Why keep him?

It’s a frustrating season but for the first time we have real competent football people in charge (Sven & Sanhelli) who did the best they could with a crappy situation (Sanchez), cleared a lot of players out that needed to go & got Ozil to sign a new contract. I would say that’s a pretty good window. We are now well placed to move on from Wenger which is what’s needed to make progress at this point.

GoonBallz
GoonBallz

Well said Mate

santori
santori

what many seem to delude themselves in to thinking is that Wenger or certain players are some how the only issues.

The favorite beating horse….when its going well, the players are great, no mention of Wenger’s involvement in their evolution.

When it goes to pots, its all Wenger’s fault…or Mustafi never mind he has come up with some massive blocks for us in recent 6 odd games, or Cech, never mind he has also saved us from calamity myriad times.

Then there are the favorites.

Play AMN in midfield never mind he has been equally careless at Rback in tracking players into our box let alone recommend another convoluted progression to his learning like we did with Chambers.

Or play Elneny never mind he adds nothing going forward and our balance moving into the attack suffers (if at least he is diligent at the back)

Or play Aubameyang and Lacazette never mind they are similar and their best position is through the middle. I said this in the transfer window we are sacrificing a potent other option in Giroud for two similar weapons we will have a hard time playing together.

Then there is Mikitaryan. One swallow does not a summer make. Jose got rid of him because he is inconsistent not because he lacks ability. At 28yrs, his stamina is in question and we noticeably dropped effort second half against Spurs (not to say of course its just him)

Truth is the balance of the team is poor.

Wenger isn’t a mug when it comes to tactics (see Chelsea) but he can be a victim of his own laissez faire open architecture approach to the game.

His strength in early years has been negated as teams have now shed their xenophobia to things foreign. Foreign players are now affordable through the league and abound and foreign managers also.

Wenger’s technical advantage has been eroded.

I said it in January that we are severely lacking in highly technical players. This is not to suggest Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan are not technical but we need players who have the extra to beat a player or two on their own volition.

Players like Draxler or Mahrez who can take on opponents, engage, instigate (like Alexis but maybe less the turn overs) and who can create space for us.

We have instead many players who prefer the middle of the park and we are now severely lacking in pace out wide plus creative players who operate better in those spaces.

Arguably even with Alexis, I felt we were one creative/technical wizard short (on the right flank) to effectively balance out our attack.

Hence it seems as no surprise that we end up shuffling the ball side to side as our players tend to pass to get by the opponents (lacking the aforemention technical types out wide).

For the opponent ( a good one not Everton), it is too easy to suffocate space in the middle where we tend to funnel into (Ozil, Ramsey, Mhkitaryan, Jack etc)

What was concerning against Spurs was the efforts on goal or lack thereof.

Never mind “world class” Lacazette getting service but missing his shot, we failed to create enough even with Aubameyang because as I mentioned we should have been in market for better creative force from wide areas like Mahrez not Mhkitaryan who plays predominantly right side. On the left, he could not put in a ball to save his life.

Instead we were left prey to United dictating terms and were forced to take Mhkitaryan at expense of other options.

That in turn predicated the move for Aubameyang which IMO is expediency rather than full consideration of our team’s balance or overall strategic implication.

Remember again, Aubameyang is cup tied. Europa rest on Lacazette. Should he get knocked, its Danny Welbeck.

Now my issue is even when (and its when) Wenger goes, I don’t think we wiull be in a good situation.

Because the new gaffer coming in (if things continue) will have little communication with the decision making of the buying team (as already seen by the going ons this January window)

If we continue to reconstruct (unnecessary areas), ignore critical ones at expediency to the contacts of Mslintat, we will be in for bigger trouble down the line.

Now I’m not laying blame squarely on Mslintat don’t get me wrong because our deficiencies are many and have to do with the gaffer as well but also certain players and systemic issues.

BUT

Only foolish Arsenal fans would have presume to believe that Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan are an upgrade and a solution to our problems.

Homer
Homer

Wow. Long post.
So I read the last 2 sentences….
Hard to agree with them. Mhkty is an upgrade – since we didn’t have a player like that (Cazorla, as much as we all love him) will probably not be back at his old level and Mktxyr. is as close as we’ve got. He’s top quality – and deserves more than <2 games to settle in. Same for Auba. FFS give the new boys a chance.

Fact is that Arsenal under Wenger are atrocious at the back. Mustafi is uneven (at best). Kos is getting older and slower. Only Monreal regularly plays well.

Its a disorganized mess when Arsenal play. Most other teams have sussed out Wenger and know how to play us. And count on his regularly mind-boggling stupid subs to throw the game. Why on earth he took of Mhktyr or Auba … and put on Alex Fucking Iwobi? Other than 1 good pass – as in singular … ONE — Iwobi was a nightmare. With players of this caliber on Arsenal's first team, we're going nowhere.

Gudaffiduck
Gudaffiduck

You’ve gone over the word limit on your essay, mate

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

I do hope Bellerin isn’t becoming the new Theo “post-match platitudes” Walcott. I mean frankly “we need to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes “ could come straight out of Walcotts book of stupid quotes.

antgoon
antgoon

With players like Bellerin,Xhaka,Elneny,Mustafi and Kos in recent months, it doesn’t matter.

santori
santori

Its not the defense alone.

Its the midfield.

santori
santori

Mustafi has come up with some key blocks for us in last 6 matches.

BUT you won’t see that figure published by 7amkick off as he has his own narrative.

Stats. Its what you want others to see.

santori
santori

Good cross Bellerin to your world class Lacazette but he couldn’t finish.

Insufficient out pout up front equals undue duress at the back which will eventually lead to problems.

Going forward, we were not sharp enough and failed to capitalise on a number of breakaways.

The one great chance was Aubameyang fed by Jack but linesman was as usual perplexing in decision.

Still we could have done way more and Mhkitrayn (not much criticism of him I see) was woeful.

Chrispy
Chrispy

Rivals don’t drop as many as us unfortunately

santori
santori

Sadly yes. They drop points for us and we oblige by doing the same.

We’re far too nice.

RP7
RP7

Isn’t this a quote from 2013? Or was it 2014? 2015…? Same shit, different year!

me 2
me 2

What makes these players come out and say things like this?
Do they think it will motivate the fans to get behind them?
Its not working.
Wenger should leave and take his team with him…

santori
santori

errr…not realistic much.

Puffy
Puffy

He needs to do more talking on the pitch….Probably the most overrrated player in the league atm…baffles me how he keeps getting games for the club with no real competition.

santori
santori

For sure.

They need to watch their own premium. They are really underachieving.

Problem against Spurs was a lack of stamina.

It was already forewarned in the previous game against Everton.

We had two halves. Second halve was a draw at best.

Players like Mhkitaryan look out of shape (and he is older which likely means he won’t have the Stamina of 2016)…yet again we have rebuilt ourselves on the cheap.

BUT our midfield is a problem just ignored by the buying team.

Its been a problem for 5 wasteful seasons with out Santi.

Without Santi we need two man to do half the job in Elneny and Granit.

One is diligent watching the back but curtails the balance going forward. The other OK going forward but useless at the back.

We need a better player in midfield.

I would have bought Mahrez instead of the Dortmund pair (mslintat’s contacts), kept Giroud and concentrated efforts on getting us a good midfielder to screen but also add some height in front of the Cbacks.

Homer
Homer

Mahrez … instead of Mhktyr… you’ve got to be joking.
As I wrote above, give the new boys a chance. Its just been a couple matches.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Whose idea was it to release this guys words..One of the worst performers this season..Even the Arsenal PR team is shit at the back.

santori
santori

The worse PR team.

santori
santori

I bet they’re paid a lot though…

CLOCKENdRIDER
CLOCKENdRIDER

Our best player vs Spurs.

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

I get really angry when footballers fulfil their (marketing / PR) contractual obligations and give interviews to the press.

Charvakan

Ha ha, yeah. What do the critics here want, for him to say “Yeah, we’re out of it this season, so we’re just going through the motions”? It may be unrealistic to expect us to overhaul two of the teams above us, and I sure wouldn’t put any money on it, but it could happen and I’m happy Bellerin is talking as though it could happen.

santori
santori

Midfield engine is as mucha problem as defense.

Because the less we are attacking, the more the defense comes under pressure, and our attacking output was worrying against Spurs.

The Jack provided Aubameyang chance aside and the Lacazette chances later, we produced too little.

All those who criticise the defenders must realise the issue is systemic and requires the entire team defending but also providing criticial outlet and threat on the other side. If you keep your defense under duress for prolong periods, of course mistakes will happen.

Midfield drop in energy levels second half and we became more open (even with Elneny still on)

As far as some of the players that are favorite targets for some :

Bellerin made a superb cross to Lacazette but the world class striker fluffed it with his volley into the stands. In terms of covering at the back, Monreal was culpable of some errors in not checking players on his flank but he gets a pass because people tend to forgive you when you’ve scored in recent games.

Also Cech. OUtstanding svaes that kept us from truly being further embarresed.

BUT again no mention of him since he is a favorite scapegoat for people who like to peddle simplistic answers.

Or Mustafi who led in clearances and intercepts and a total of 14 recoveries which is the highest in the game plus a couple of critical blocks. Yes some errors also thrown in (again defense under duress you’d expect issues) but stat merchant won’t bother because it won’t suit the narrative.

IamsterdamGooner
IamsterdamGooner

Haha this guy! Rivals dropping points is beneficial and would make more sense to say after a win, not after we just lost a bloody game…to Sp*rs!
On a different note, I have never seen a guy with so much pace refuse to take his man on. Rarely opens up his body forward when receiving the ball in attack to whip a cross in but plays back to middle or backward. Wasn’t he suppose to be a winger at Barça? Take the ball to backline for change ffs I know he has no competition but I’m starting to see real flaws to his game regardless.

True gunner
True gunner

Yes, Man City needs to drop points to make Arsenal look as if they can compete.

henry
henry

Thats called a slow news day people.

baz00r
baz00r

I honestly wonder if they actually watch a replay of the game?

I used to do that shit when I was 8 years old with my local Sunday league team and it bloody helped. Nothing gave you a kick up the arse like having to watch your mistakes over and over again in front of the rest of the squad.

It is a shame Wenger seems to arrogant and proud to try and bring in a top defensive coach to try and iron out our problems at the back. Like he wouldn’t be able to claim all the glory for himself.

Lanre
Lanre

Wake up and smell the cofee man. No one is dropping shit. Chelsea just obliterated West brom with Giroud having a nice game, we 7 points off 4th. Top 4 a pipe dream at this point. And we aint winning Europa either, anyone thinking otherwise (cup half full Blogs), grade A delusion. We finish in 6th position, you heard it here first. Arsene really should have quit when he still had some semblance of reputation. Fire old man, hire Marco Silva and watch the Rebirth.

Andy
Andy

Dream on Hector!

Dennis

Pissing in the wind

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

hector meant our mid table rivals eg everton, burnley, leicester etc, hehehhee