Playing for a big Premier League club brings a lot of scrutiny with it, but Hector Bellerin thinks that some of the criticism of Arsenal has been unfair.
This season, Arsene Wenger’s men have lost three of their nine top-flight games so far and are nine points off the pace of league leaders Manchester City.
The team were heavily criticised by pundits and fans alike when they were beaten by Stoke City and lost 4-0 to Liverpool in August.
The commitment and desire of some of the players’ was questioned after those results, and Wenger’s men also came under fire when suffering a 2-1 defeat to Watford a fortnight ago.
The North London outfit responded on Sunday by earning a 5-2 rout over Everton after coming from behind at Goodison Park, but the poor display from the Merseyside outfit was the main focus.
While speaking to the London Evening Standard, Hector Bellerin hit back at the critics, saying:
“I think it always is [an overreaction] with Arsenal. It doesn’t matter how we do. If we win it is always the other team’s fault and when we lose it is always our fault. We have just got to deal with it as we have been doing, play our game and show that we have got the potential, that we can win games like this one. I think everyone has seen that.”
Arsenal fans were split in their opinions of the full-back’s comments.
— Arsenal Life (@splife365) October 24, 2017
Bellerin ''When we win, its always the other team's fault. When we lose, its always our fault.'' my sentiments all summarized #afc
— Sσlσmσn (@Solomone45) October 24, 2017
Yep, been like that for years. Media always have had an agenda against arsenal and fair play to hector for stating that.
— Yiod the Gooner (@yiod14) October 24, 2017
Everytime we lose it IS the players fault.
But the wins are hardly ever put down as oppositions fault.
— Jack Simmons (@JackSimmons101) October 24, 2017
Finally someone said it. Ridiculous how we are the scape goat for everything. When no one talks about other teams when they lose.
— Chase Parzych (@DatDudeCP19) October 24, 2017
How about we consistently win against average or under par teams? Instead of losing to watford and acting like Everton was such a big win.
— Shay 🎶 (@ItsLoganShay) October 24, 2017
— Arsenal India (@ArsenalIndians) October 24, 2017
So true @HectorBellerin
— jacko 247 (@zakmehmet) October 24, 2017
Just realising it's us against the rest, eh?
— Tsunami Army. (@MrGraHewitt) October 24, 2017
Hater's gonna hate, dude.
— Ferry Perdana S. (@ferrydana) October 24, 2017