Hector Bellerin tried to put a brave face on last night’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague, insisting that he’s not overly worried about the second leg based on the chances Arsenal had.
However, he’s acknowledged that making mistakes and not taking chances will make life difficult for us, and that has to improve next week when we visit the Czech Republic.
Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all spurned chances to put the Gunners ahead, and even after Nicolas Pepe’s excellent late goal, poor defending gave the visitors a valuable away goal deep into injury time.
The full-back questioned the way we handled things, saying, “I think when you put yourself 1-0 up there’s better ways of managing the game in the way we did and as players we take the responsibility.
“You can blame it on anything you want, but at the end of the day it comes down to the goals we score and the goals we concede, and I think throughout the game we put ourselves in situations that we could have taken the lead, but this is football.”
However, Bellerin has a positive outlook on the second leg, a game which will decide if our season remains alive or not.
“It’s difficult to take,” he said, “but at the end of the day there’s still everything to play for and it’s 1-1. We know how they play and I think we had really good moments in the game.
“We broke down their pressure and we created chances, so there’s nothing that worries me for us to go to Prague and do the job there.”
We all realise this is just soundbite stuff for the media, because it’s obvious there’s plenty to worry about, but hopefully that positive attitude goes some way to getting the result we need next Thursday.