Hector Bellerin sends message to Arsenal fans about Chelsea clash
The Arsenal defender insists Arsene Wenger's team won't be distracted from their Europa League clash despite the prospect of facing Chelsea next weekend
Hector Bellerin insists Arsenal aren’t thinking about their trip to Chelsea at the weekend as the Gunners prepare to make their Europa League debut on Thursday night.
The Gunners have endured a mixed start to the Premier League season following victories over Leicester City and Bournemouth in their opening four Premier League games.
The north London side, though, suffered a 1-0 loss to Stoke City before a humiliating 4-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield to raise concerns about Arsene Wenger’s team.
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in the Champions League for the first time under the French coach.
However, the Gunners can now qualify for next season’s Champions League by virtue of a top-four finish or winning the Europa League.
Arsenal will make the short trip to Chelsea in their fifth Premier League game just days after Arsenal’s home clash against Bundesliga outfit FC Koln on Thursday night.
Bellerin, though, insists Arsenal won’t be distracted from their Europa League clash by the prospect of a tough trip to the defending Premier League champions next weekend.
“Our focus is on the Thursday’s game,” Bellerin told International Business Times. “It is a very important match to start the Europa League on the right foot.
“We have to give out best and only after that will we start to think about Chelsea.”
Arsenal have never won the Champions League but lost 2-1 to Barcelona in the final in 2006.