After nine wins on the bounce, it is easy to get carried away. Especially when our last game for two weeks was the 5-1 trouncing of Fulham that saw us rip the Cottagers apart in a second half full of swagger.
It leaves us bouncing off the walls in anticipation for the next game - our Monday night match against Leicester City - but is it necessary to rein in our optimism, especially when inevitable bumps are unavoidable?
Hector Bellerin has moved to put contingency plans in place for fans, by speaking to Arsenal Player and saying, in essence, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’
Bellerin said “We need to be realistic. There’s loads of things that are changing for us, not just as a team but as a football club, so the most important thing is to believe in the way we want to play.”
Bellerin has started the season well, and while his attacking play has been effective, it is his newly found defensive stoutness that has impressed. While we have looked far firmer than in our first few games, there is room for improvement and Bellerin was keen to remind us fans of our new, and initially risky, tactics.
“We’re a team that plays out from the back now, we probably risk it a bit more than before. But it’s important for our fans and for everyone around us to believe in this idea that we have.”
“At the beginning it is going to be harder, but the more we train it, the more we work at it, the better we are going to get at it.”
It is undeniable that we are allowing our opponents a bigger sniff at goal than before. Stats suggest that we are facing more shots on goal than in previous campaigns, but Bellerin is not all full of doom and gloom and is convinced we will tighten up, and match our effectiveness in front of goal with a meanness at the back.
“For us it is about getting used to the system, be a team, be competitive and have this winning mentality, take it to the next level and become the team that the manager has in mind.”
“I’m sure with the help of the fans and everyone at the club, we will be able to do it.”
We are enjoying fruits of the new regime currently, but it is important to keep Bellerin’s words in mind when we do stumble.
We are on the road to something special.