Hector Bellerin says Arsenal should have done better managing their four-goal advantage against Leeds United who set pulses racing by halving the deficit with 21 minutes remaining.
While the Gunners eventually closed out a 4-2 win at the Emirates to leapfrog Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the table, the fact we gave the visitors a glimpse of a point was enough to give our right-back the hump.
“If there’s a team in the Premier League that you know will run for the whole 90 minutes, that’s Leeds,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We did really well to score straight away from the re-start but then we conceded a set piece. It’s something that we know they’re strong at and we need to be more careful with that.
“Then we conceded another goal and even though you’re still two goals up you’re trying to defend the box as much as you can and make sure they don’t get another one.
“That shouldn’t be the way we play, you know? We should manage the game better in a way that when we’re winning 4-0, we should just have the ball and make them run instead of them making us run. There’s still a lot to learn but obviously, especially that first half, was really positive.”
Bellerin also took a moment to reflect on his ninth goal for the club. The Spaniard beat keeper Illan Meslier at his near post to complete a fine team move just before half time. The last time he found the net was 13 months ago in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
“It’s been a long time,” he noted. “I’d almost forgotten the last time I scored. To be fair usually when I get into those positions I try to look for a striker.
“Someone to get in a better position than me but I saw the opening and I just went for goal. Obviously, I’m really happy about that but still in the back of my mind there’s a lot of work to do if you want to be back at the top.”