Hector Bellerin insists Arsenal boss Unai Emery has the trust of Gunners squad after PSG and Sevilla success and claims team are better than they were at the start of last season
Hector Bellerin insists under-pressure manager Unai Emery has the complete trust of all the Arsenal players despite the club’s indifferent start to the season.
The Gunners have won just two of their last seven Premier Leagues including a shock defeat to Sheffield United in their last domestic outing before needing the heroics of £75m record signing Nicolas Pepe to score two late free-kicks and snatch victory against Vitoria in the Europa League.
Emery’s first season in charge after succeeding Arsene Wenger saw Arsenal miss out on the top four and the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi told a fans forum this month that securing Champions League football is a minimum requirement – and the manager has been told that.
Hector Bellerin says Arsenal boss Unai Emery has the complete trust of the Gunners squad
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There are also questions over how far the Spaniard has evolved the team post-Wenger with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher claiming that the defeat to Sheffield United showed that ‘nothing has changed’.
However, Emery has been given the backing of his defender Bellerin ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace, a team that beat them at the Emirates last season.
‘I think this team has evolved a lot since the beginning of last season,’ said Bellerin. ‘When the board sign a manager like Unai, they know it’s all going to be part of a process.
‘He has his ideas and he’s done so well at Sevilla and Valencia and Paris – so everyone trusts in the manager.
‘Sometimes things don’t go your way but then it’s about turning it around. I think if you take out from last season those three games which we lost – it would have been a very positive season and turned out another way.
Emery is under pressure already after Arsenal’s inconsistent start to the season
‘It is part of a process and I think we are improving as players and the manager is getting to know us every single day and for us it is to just to keep going forward with the head up.’
Bellerin made only his second start of the season in the late comeback victory against Vitoria on Thursday following nine months out with a knee injury.
The Spaniard admits it was a difficult time to be away from the sport he loves but said it gave him the chance to spend rare time with family and friends.
‘When something you love so much, for whatever reason, is stopping you from doing it, I don’t think there is a worse thing.
‘But while the process has been really hard, I’ve also taken a lot of positives out if it – as a person and as a player.
‘I had family and friends with me and other distractions that in the past six years of my life I wasn’t able to do while I was playing all the time, like being in my home town for two months.
‘Even though I was sitting on the sofa and couldn’t move, it was a long time since I’d been able to enjoy my friends and family. When life takes things from you, it gives you other positives and always important to look at the brighter side.
‘I am feeling better every day. I am ready whenever the decision of the manager is to play me.’