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Hector Bellerin: Arteta has changed the players' ethics & way of work

Mon 21 June 2021 | 9:42

The Arsenal defender feels the team is improving under a manager who has changed the players' perspective.

Mikel Arteta has

"completely changed" Arsenal, according to

Hector Bellerin

, but not in a way that fans and commentators will notice. 

In the aftermath of Unai Emery's resignation, a familiar face returned to Emirates Stadium in December 2019, as the former Arsenal captain took on his first management position. 

Although victories in the

FA Cup

and

Community Shield

were encouraging, inconsistency has remained a problem in north London as more changes on and off the field are discussed.

Bellerin is assured that Arsenal have the right man at the helm, telling the 

High Performance Podcast 

of progress being made under Arteta:

"I think personally at Arsenal that's something (emphasis on off the ball movement) that has changed a lot.

"I think the ethics and the way they work since Mikel has been the manager of the club has completely changed.

"And these behaviours, our behaviours have been awarded by them. There's more emphasis on that behaviour, so the way we run back or the way we create space for a player.

"Because you know you can move to receive the ball, you can move to get a player away or you can move into space, there's so many ways you can move for and sometimes a goal is created not by the player that passes the ball or by the player that scores but by the player that actually created the space.

"And many people, like the fans in the stands or even the pundits sometimes, they won't see that. But truly that's what we've practised, that's what the coach has asked, and by the player doing that we're able to score.

"I think even sometimes for the players it's hard to see, when other teams do it and stuff, but we know in our dressing room and in the way we play that we scored that goal thanks to that player."

Arsenal finished ninth in the Premier League in 2020-21, missing out on European competition for the first time since the 1995-96 season. 

With the London club now exploring the market for new signings, a lack of European tournoment will not help efforts to bring in new blood. 

Leaving players are also being discussed, with Bellerin among those whose futures have been called into doubt, and the summer at Emirates Stadium promises to be hectic.

The timer to next season has already begun ticking. Arsenal discovers that they will begin their 2021-22 season away at

Premier League

newcomers Brentford before playing

Champions League

victors Chelsea and the reigning champions Man City.

 


source: SportMob