Hector Bellerin spoke to BT Sport after tonight’s 4-0 win over Standard Liege in the Europa League.

Two goals from Gabriel Martinelli set the Gunners on their way, followed by strikes from Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos. This is what the captain on the night had to say.

On the performance

I think the team had a great performance. We came from beating Nottingham Forest at home which was an important win for us, and we had great character. The team always wanted more goals – the best way to show respect is to always play at 100% and we wanted to emulate that style of play, that pressing, even at 4-0.

You can see that the team is hungry, the team wants to win, and improve. And I’m very happy for the boys, aside from the technical ability everybody put up a great fight.

On Martinelli

He’s been a player since he came into the team who has kept his head down, listened to the coaches and worked hard. It shows on the pitch, he’s doing what the coach is asking him to do which is the most important thing.

He’s still very young, I’m sure there’s still a lot to come from him, and everyone is really happy for him in that he’s scoring goals and the way he’s helping the team.

On his first start after his injury

Well, it’s one of the best feelings for anyone who has been injured, they know how hard it is. The process has made me more mature, it’s made me a better player and a better human, and I’m very happy to make my comeback.

I’m so grateful to the physios and coaches, my family and friends who have been around me helping me, it’s made it that little bit easier and hopefully I get to enjoy my football.

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SheffieldGooner
SheffieldGooner

Welcome back dude

NairoGunner89
NairoGunner89

El Capitan!

Dave
Dave

Glad to have him back! He and Tierney (massive game from him again) will be really important for us.

Also, Hats off to Martinelli, bright future ahead for him!

Muggy
Muggy

9 goals and two clean sheets for my last two games at the Emirates. If I don’t see more of these kids playing on Sunday it will be a great shame. Played with passion and energy the entire game.

RedHotHornBlower
RedHotHornBlower

I think you’ll see Saka and Willock on Sunday. Hector’s not ready, they’re bringing Tierney along softly after injury. Nelson and Martinelli may be on the bench. Agree with your thinking.

Man Manny
Man Manny

Martinelli has that wow factor that most players who later become world class have.
I remember Ronaldo at 18 in circa ’04;
Messi at 18 in ’05; Neymar at 18 in ’10;
Kylian Mbappe at 18 in ’17.
I think we have a world class player on our hands. A little patience is required but I am glad the lad is in good hands in Edu.

pooner
pooner

No pressure then! Haha… He does seem to have that emerging glimmer of greatness.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Maybe I’m over optimistic but there seems to be an ’emerging glimmer of greatness’ for the whole team. It’s been a few years coming but feels like we have a crop of young talent that could rival Utd class of 92. One club players in the mould of Scholes, Giggs, Neville etc. are few and far between; it’s not hard to imagine Wilock, Saka and hopefully Hector being talked about as legends of even greater (they’re arsenal players after all) stature.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Only time will tell if Emery will be our Ferguson – a manager who struggled significantly in his early tenure (nearly to the point of losing his job) and was helped on his way to legendary status by the kids he put faith in…

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

@PeteyB. And won’t that be a fairy tale end. I believe we have our own class of ’92 and Unai might just be our Ferguson. It’s not a sin to hope. Hmmmm….

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

I don’t really think Unai drinks *that* much…

Jack but
Jack but

You mean Unai can’t chew that much?

SB Still
SB Still

So pleased about tonight’s game, the performance, the result.

So many youngsters banging on the door, the experienced players will have to be on the watch out.

The only one not quite taking his chance seems to be AMN. Clearly a talented youngster. Has been doing well enough as injury cover, despite the steep leaning curve. The problem seems to be, he has it in him to be one of those players, who play the game at their own pace. However, he seems to be in danger of slipping into one of the players who are careless.

Arsemusic
Arsemusic

Great to see the injured players back in action and the youngsters. Very enjoyable game to watch the team looked well balanced and hungry.

Dan
Dan

Fucking love this!!

Chidi
Chidi

Great/clinical performance from the boys, a standard siege!

Shank

I adore this man

shokim
shokim

Well done, O Captain, My Captain! 🙌

chopper4001
chopper4001

Takeaways from last night:

Liege were dogshit. There were some players (#40 I’m looking at you here) that I would be embarrassed playing with in my Sunday League team.

That out of the way, Hector, Tierney and Holding (if they’re fit enough) all need to start on Sunday. No question. Maybe (and whisper it quietly) with Mustafi too, but I’m not sure I’m 100% ready for that.

Torreira MUST start in the middle in front of the defence. If you need to shoehorn Xhaka in then he should play in either a two man midfield (with a number 10 in front of them… I think we have one of those playing FIFA 20 in the back) or on the left of a 3 man midfield (with Willock, Guendouzi or Ceballos on the right).

I think Martinelli needs to start in the EPL. If he is the second coming of Ronaldo, Romario and Pele all rolled into one, he needs to play. All the great players were in teams this young and if he has it, he has it. If he’s found out to be too raw he can always be hooked out of the firing line. He can play either side of Auba and provides added goal threat (which we currently lack).

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Love Hector, has something of the Wenger class. Maybe the last one in this club..

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

This is so true!

Skettles
Skettles

Hector Bellerin: I don’t hate Tottenham because they told me to hate them. I hate them because I love Arsenal.

Credit: The Guardian