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.
We are all humans, we all have emotions, and sometimes it's not easy dealing with them. It's time to lift each other up, not to push each other away. We only win when we are together. #COYG pic.twitter.com/dkDI7M3xew
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) October 28, 2019
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.