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

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin Photo: The Sport Review

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.

MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin to win his biggest title, ‘But I still have a lot to give’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Wenger makes admission about Sanchez’s future after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Tottenham
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho admits Man United star was ‘different class’ against Newcastle
The Sport Review
Thierry Henry rates Alexandre Lacazette’s display for Arsenal v Tottenham