Hector Bellerin says playing out from the back does involve more risk but he insists that Arsenal will get better as they grow more familiar with Unai Emery’s favoured tactic.
Despite a nine-game winning streak, the Gunners have ridden their luck at times this season with opponents not always punishing them for lapses in concentration and poor passing out of defence.
The likes of Watford, Everton, Brentford and West Ham, to name but a few, all had chances to make life difficult at crucial periods of recent encounters, leading Emery to say his players can and will get better. It’s a sentiment that his young compatriot shares.
“We need to be realistic, Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Bellerin told Arsenal.com.
“There’s loads of things that are changing for us, not just as a team but as a football club so the most important thing is to believe in the way that we want to play.
“We’re a team now that play from the back, we probably risk it a bit more than before, but for us it is important for our fans and for everyone around us to believe in this idea that we have.
“At the beginning it is going to be harder, but the more we train it, the more we work at it, the better we are going to get at it.
“For us it is about getting used to the system, be a team, be competitive and have this winning mentality, take it to the next level and become the team that the manager has in mind.
“I’m sure with the help of the fans and everyone at the club we will be able to do it.”
Arsenal will spend the weekend watching their rivals in action before they resume their busy pre-Christmas schedule against Leicester on Monday. Emery is keen for his players to hit the ground running after the second Interlull of the season.
“We need to continue working calmly in our bodies and our mentality,” he told his pre-game press conference.
“Our target now is the same as in the first matches. The first two matches we lost, against Manchester City and Chelsea.
“But after six matches winning in the Premier League, it hasn’t changed. [We need] this calm because we [beat] a lot of opposition teams with very [poor] performances.
“We need to stay with the best teams in the Premier League. To stay with them, we need to do better and get better at different things.”