Speaking after the win against Watford, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin highlighted the importance of building momentum and playing patiently, revealing that Arsenal won the game simply by outlasting the Hornets (via Arsenal.com). The Gunners struggled to make any headway against a resolute defence in the first half, but took advantage of the spaces that opened up later in the game to slam in three quick goals and secure the victory.
Bellerin admitted that the physicality used by the Watford defence cost them, causing them to tire out faster in comparison to the Arsenal players. Talking to Arsenal Player, he said “It is important when the ball does not go in that you carry on playing your game.
“I think that Watford were very, very physical for the whole game and they were running out towards the end and we took profit from that.
“We scored three late goals and it does not matter as long as you score them. It is important we got a win here as it is a very difficult venue.”
Bellerin spent some time on loan at Vicarage Road before breaking into the first team at Arsenal, and has a good relationship with several of the Watford players, including Troy Deeney. On the night however, the Spaniard put friendships aside and played a major role in Arsenal’s victory, creating several opportunities in the first half before earning a well-deserved assist for Arsenal’s third goal.
“I was a right winger before so it is always nice when I have the space up front to go forward and hopefully I can help the team like that,” he continued.
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“They have very strong players up front and they are a handful especially players like Troy [Deeney] and I think we dealt with them and when we could play with the ball we did that. I have a lot of memories from when I was here. I’m very happy for the win and I’m very happy to be back.”
Bellerin has quickly risen through the ranks at the Emirates, becoming an important first team player within a year of breaking into the senior side. Hopefully, he continues to play at this level and develops into a world-class full back.