Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his decision to let Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal second penalty in the 3-0 win over Stoke on Sunday.
Having already bagged a brace, including an earlier penalty, the Gabon international might have helped himself to a hat-trick but he unselfishly gave the ball to his French teammate knowing a goal would give his striker partner, just back from five weeks out, a confidence boost.
Like Wenger, Bellerin noted that the decision was both a mark of the man and of the good atmosphere in the Gunners dressing room.
“He (Aubameyang) is an amazing guy,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports. “He has settled in so nicely.
“That showed how he is as a person and how committed he is to the club and his colleagues.
“They are both strikers but you can see how much respect they have for each other and how much they enjoy playing together.
“I think it was a great sign of the atmosphere that we have in our dressing room.”
Bellerin also touched on his in-game tête-à-tête with Mesut Ozil which was resolved post-game in the most modern way possible – social media ‘banter’.
The World Cup winner, seemingly frustrated that a pass wasn’t made early enough, was caught on camera telling the right-back that he talks too much. It’s a description that Bellerin says isn’t too far off the truth.
“We are two passionate players and we love the game, and you get into those situations.
“Straight after the game, we were hugging each other. It happens and what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch.
“I think he said something like ‘you talk too much’ and to be fair, if I was a guy playing alongside myself, I do probably talk a bit too much!
“But I always want to give information to the players in front of me and I want players to demand from me as well. That is how it works.
“We only have a pair of eyes so, when you have players around you that can give you information, it is always important.
“It is normal to always get into things like that in games, this time the cameras picked it up.
“This is part of football, it happens every day and once it finishes, we are all friends again.”