Bellerin calls for Arsenal togetherness

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Hector Bellerin has called for club unity as Arsenal look to get back on the horse after a disastrous six weeks that has seen Unai Emery’s men tumble from third to sixth in the Premier League table.

The Gunners haven’t won a game in the league since beating Bournemouth 1-0 in early October and have looked increasingly bereft of confidence since frustrated supporters turned on captain Granit Xhaka during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

 

Bellerin took to social media to call for unity in the aftermath of that headline-making moment and has reiterated his belief that rifts need to be healed if Arsenal are going to achieve their aims this season.

“I think it’s important as a club, as fans, as everything [to know that] being divided is never the way forward,” he told Arsenal Player. 

“Everyone demands different things, everyone demands different changes, but I don’t think that’s the way. I think the [right] way is accepting who we are, what we have, getting everyone together, supporting each other, and that is the way that we can reach our goals.

“One doing one thing, one doing the other… that’s never going to work, so that [tweet after the Crystal Palace game] was my call for unity in terms of us as a club, as a family, everything that Arsenal is. To get together… when things don’t go well, that is the time for us to tap each other on the back and be like ‘come on, we need to do this better but we’re going to come back on top’.

“That is what we need, not to start pointing fingers and blaming someone for doing this, for doing that… we’re a club, we’re a team, we’re a family. What we need is to be there for each other.

He added: “We are Arsenal Football Club, we always need to be at the top. Whenever we’re not at the top that means there’s improvement that needs to be done. That’s it, that’s what you get when you play for a big club like Arsenal. There’s no other choice.”

Our Spanish right-back stopped short of going full Joe Marler – no Irish Luzhnys here – but you get the picture.

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Pooner
Pooner

Although I largely agree with Hector here and he was simply answering a question, I do find all of this hand-wringing about fan attitudes so strange, as if football fans haven’t always been emotional, reactive, belligerent etc… For better or worse it’s always been part of football culture.

I keep thinking about what Wenger said about it being the team’s job to win the fans over on the pitch and I wonder if this anxiety from within the club about fan “noise” and disharmony stems from a deeper anxiety about our ability to perform and turn the tide of opinion that way. As if they are almost expecting a continuation of our bad form. Something just feels so wrong about it all.

Danny
Danny

Took the words out of my keyboard, the line “We need to accept who we are, what we have” really doesn’t make me feel good, it would probably come across ok in a normal scenario, but in context of recent events feels like another jab at the “noise”.

Goonerink

Where was this quote when we were struggling under wenger??

The board must of welcomed the fan noise then. And in all honesty baying to fan demand then made a rod for their back now.

Less people wanted wenger out than now want emery gone I’m pretty sure.

Prince Gunneralaysia
Prince Gunneralaysia

I wonder how does Emery puts his words to bring back motivation to the team. By listening to his press conference on how he communicates his idea, it must be hard for him to convey the message to lift up the mood to the team.
Like.., ‘ Good ebening team. Southampton is a err..’

George
George

I agree. And one of the main differences these days is that we hear far too much from both sides, us and the players. This forum is an example of that, so too Twitter, and everything else like it. It’s information overload and not for the better.

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

In a sea of narcissism, tons of money and horrible performances, it doesn’t take much to come out as a leader. I really like Bellerin, but it almost makes me sad that someone has to say this, and even sadder that it seems like a beacon of hope. It should be bloody obvious and self evident to anyone who wears the shirt, on or off the pitch.

I’m glad Hector went out there to say something positive, no matter how “simple” the message.

Don’t care if we have one or 8 captains. We need leaders. Hector is one.

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

Oh captain my captain

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Win a few games and start playing better and all this will go away. It always does. Fans are easy in that respect.

That will happen when/if we replace Emery.

Badaab
Badaab

By definition, fans are reactive. We want strong performances that reflect the identity of the club we support.
However, when the fans can see that the ownership and management don’t seem to understand what that identity is, or even have a plan to win games, the frustration and apathy of the fans win out. If the board and owners fancy themselves our betters (as their statements seem to suggest), then they should have a plan which inspires the supporters to get on side. At present, we don’t have the right people in place to make this happen, and wheeling out players to say the obvious isn’t going to change that.

Dave M
Dave M

It’s a bit ridiculous right. Seems as footballers wallets get thicker their skins get thinner. All this rubbish I read about “in the good ol’ days it was about support your team with respect…blah blah blah”, that’s utter BS. I’ve been around sporting fields long enough to know there were knobs in the 80s and 90s at sports grounds at all levels yelling obscenities at players generally at opposition players, but if their own team were terrible home players often copped it too. Some fans went WAY too fan then with racisms, threats of violence and sexual acts towards players mothers or wives… We all thought those people that descended to those pathetic levels were complete knobs to, just as we do with the tripe some feel the need to deliver on social media these days (because they can’t get away with it in public so easy now).

Funny how the players then, many semi-professionals paid a pittance compared to modern players, knew despite some of the filth they had to endure they had a level of professionalism and respect they had to keep – ESPECIALLY to their OWN fans. Now the players get richer, their connections with the team, the shirt and the fans gets weaker (how can we relate to these guys that barely give a fcuk and are paid orders of magnitude more money than normal folk get) and they expect fan support at all costs, they expect no criticism, and value squad unity over actually winning and putting their blood, sweat and tears into it. Support with impunity of criticism of performances. Mens football is broken. The difference in professionalism and mentality of the Arsenal Womens and Mens teams is striking.

I really like hector and think he is a rarely intelligent footballer and a solid voice in this squad. But this is still so far from a winning mentality and leadership that we need. I can see he wants some positivity and we need it, but that will come from wins…we need team leaders that will state exactly that – the team needs to win back the fans. This squad needs leaders prepared to blast the team for it’s shite performances. A manager that will hold players accountable. Sadly we are completely lacking both. Maybe with stronger teammates Hector would be a even better leader as he does seem to have strong leadership qualities, but right now I just see this as more division with the fans – another subtle blaming of the fans…”we really need your support guys, it will really make us feel better”.

Badaab
Badaab

It’s not just footballers who become insulated from reality with wealth- everyone who is beyond comfortable loses touch with reality to some extent.
I’m not saying Hector is one of these people, but the recent comments from the club and players all seem a bit out of touch with the supporters’ feelings about the direction (or lack thereof) the club seems to be taking.
Platitudes and soundbites won’t win us the league, only smart decisions from the board and manager, and strong performances from the players wearing the shirt.

gooner
gooner

Just win the game Hector and we’ll start on the road to togetherness. If not, you can join every fan and together we ask Momento to leave the club.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Momento 😂

Badaab
Badaab

Would love if it were Memento… so we could forget what happened before the match was over!

Gooner223
Gooner223

“That is what we need, not to start pointing fingers and blaming someone for doing this, for doing that…” Sorry Hector, but, that is exactly what the defence does whenever we concede. The vision of guilt free Mustafi, with his outstretched arms looking around at his teammates, is forever burned to memory.

Badaab
Badaab

To your point, Emery is the king of pointing fingers- at fans, at the opposition, at his youth players…

A P
A P

Just start producing some results and let the fans worry about togetherness.

The way Ballerin keeps coming up with these comments makes me think he is just angling to win the next players’ vote for #1 captain!

Eeleen
Eeleen

So fun that the team has decided to hang the players out to dry…
I genuinely don’t know if the club doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to understand that at the moment supporters problems aren’t with players but with manager and others above him. Xhaka thing is with the player, but in reality Xhaka thing became a thing mainly because of Emery.

It is quite sad that club sends out players to fix things, when in reality they are the ones who can fix it.

Arsenal fanbase isin’t divided. I think that might be the most united we have been in a long time. Club doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to understand that. Divide between fanbase and Emery is there and it is not fixable. And no player should ever be sent out to fix that.

Badaab
Badaab

Xhaka clearly is trying to force a move in January, and doing everything he can to drive his price down. If we let him go due to some non-apology theatrics after a temper tantrum, it will only send a message that other players who are unhappy can do the same.
He should face some sort of repercussion in his professional life for this behavior, as you, or I, would surely face the sack at work if we behaved in such a way in front of the customer (the fans).

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I do find this strange. Fans feed off performances, if you want “unity” you should focus on that. Everyone says Anfield has an unbelievable atmosphere and it gives their players a boost, but no one was talking about Anfield when Hogdson was in charge and their best player was Ryan Babel! Play well and unity will come. It really is that simple!

Dave M
Dave M

“but no one was talking about Anfield when Hogdson was in charge and their best player was Ryan Babel!”
And they’re fans were booing their own players left, right, and centre…
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/lucas-the-boos-at-anfield-were-my-worst-moment-1812145.html
https://www.theanfieldwrap.com/2017/11/anfield-negativity-is-not-a-new-sensation-liverpools-boo-boys-down-the-years/
If the players and manager will not call out the team for performing shite fans sure as shit will…and rightly so, they pay good coin to be at games and the players and manager earn what they do because of the fan support. if players don’t like the boo boys then either (1) do something about it on the pitch, or (2) find a new career.

And please do come back at this comment with the social media BS…for the 736th time those people are scum, there has always been a small minority of scum around doing the same shit for eternity (see my other comment).

Prince Gunneralaysia
Prince Gunneralaysia

They have to perform on the pitch to get the crowd roaring..

Ben
Ben

That’s captain material right there.

BigArse
BigArse

I agree with Hector but this argument that supporter disunity is the main problem here is a strawman. Weak leadership from the manager is the main problem. The Xhaka incident was ugly, and no one comes out with their reputation improved, but it was essentially the supporters taking over and doing the managers job because he was unable or unwilling to do so. Xhaka is a huge problem in our midfield. We need to move on from him. Yet the manager stubbornly kept with him despite the obvious. So the supporters stepped in and de facto dropped him. If the manager was stronger and more competent this whole thing wouldn’t have happened.

Ennui ball
Ennui ball

Bang on big arse

Stuey
Stuey

That Bellerin chap has a rather utopian view of football.
Simply, if you don’t win tomorrow, you’re all a bunch of c**nts.

Prince Gunneralaysia
Prince Gunneralaysia

Truth hurts. But yes

BikAFC
BikAFC

So don’t demand changes, lets accept what we are, what we have. So lets accept the suffery, the straining, the mediocrity.
I just can’t.
As the guys said earlier in one podcast: we are not cheerleaders we are fans.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

It seems the club and players think it is the fans’ fault. Depressing.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

Surley, Xhaka is not the first player who got shit from the fans online. I am sure there has been many, many cases were this has happened. But I don’t remember many cases were a capitsn lost control, told fans to fk off, and refused to properly apologize. This situation is getting very silly now.

Sensei
Sensei

The match-going fans’ frustration is years in the making, this goes back to the Last Days of Wenger, when performances started to slip and no one was being held accountable until finally the axe fell (several years too late). I feel like there’s this bizarre chicken or the egg argument emerging: is it the fans’ responsibility to inspire great performances from the players, or is it the players’ responsibility to get the fans fired up? I mean, is the team coming out to a rain of boos as they take the pitch? Like hell they are, and Xhaka can p*^s off, I’m done with that knobhead, “can’t accept” what happened to him, jesus, grow a pair. Have fun in Italy, sure they’ll love you there…

Santori
Santori

Absolutely right.

There are emotional fans and then there are those who are spoilt, and let their emotions get the better of them, ruined the clubs atmosphere.

Instead of uplifting the squad when it needs it, they rather tear down in hope of (likely temporal) solutions.

…they are prey to crisis manufacture and all too ready to imagine issues far worse than they are or amplify faults in some whilst conveniently (shifting goal post on others they deem favorites for no apparent reason)

As much as they demand to be respected, they should also show some class.

Just a shame.

Santori
Santori

Again :

1)Some fans wanted Arsene gone. They showed him disrespect last season and made things worse for us. Enter Emery. They said they’d give the new gaffer 3 or 4 seasons to turn things round, lauded him a specialist in the europa, didn’t mind us outside top 4 bc it was getting boring and wanted to win something for a change…

I mentioned as much as it could get better it also get a lot worse. and here we are barely into second season with Unai, throwing toys out of the pram already

Schadenfreude.

2) Did not like Mustafi. granted error prone but then these same fools waxing lyrical about what a great move Sanlehi was never mind they mentioned Wenger panic bought with 42.3m on Ozil when Luiz was a last day addition at 6m.

Instead what have we got? same leaky error prone defense but an older player.

3) Then Granit to blame instead. he must be the one slowing us down and making us go side to side. Agitate him off the pitch, deprive us of a good asset and…

Same side to side passing. Same if worse lack of control with any combination of Guendouzi-Torreira, GUendouzi-Cebellos or Willock. I mentioned last season Torreira had cost us goal last Xmas. 5 to be precise over similar number of consecutive matches from turn overs in midfield or Torreira robbed off the ball.

Not that we have also had any better control in midfield …if not worse.

And…

No mention of our attack registering a pathetic one shot on target last match.

These characters want to see issues where they want to. There is never a holistic picture of what actually is going wrong in a number of concurrent areas.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

I read this as Hector addressing the team as much, or more, than the fans. He seems like a legitimately good person.

Anzu
Anzu

The club messaging during this crisis has been so bad. They should just say something like this and we would respect them way more instead of blaming the fans for the “noise”:

“We know our performances have not been anywhere near good enough and honestly we understand why the fans are so disappointed and upset. This has been the worst league start since 1982 and we have to correct this. We got ourselves into this hole, we have to dig ourselves out of it. We can only recover the enthusiasm of the fans by trying to play out of our socks and putting in some good performances”

GraeB
GraeB

I read this unity report after the Emery comments on Torreira – poles apart in approach.