Arsenal defender Bellerin: Building a new identity doesn’t happen overnight.

Arsenal right back Bellerin believes the Gunners are heading in the right direction.


Hector Bellerin has taken the positives from Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night.


The Gunners right-back believes they are building “a new identity, a new way of playing football” under Mikel Arteta which does not happen “overnight”.


Alexander Lacazette's opening goal in the 25th minute was immediately cancelled out by forward Sadio Mane before goals from left back Andrew Robertson and substitute Diogo Jota wrapped up the victory for the Merseyside club as Arsenal's 100% start to the season came to an end.


Following the clash at Anfield, the Spanish full-back told Arsenal.com: "Definitely, I think we are working really, really well.


"I think when you build a new identity, a new way of playing football, it's not something that happens overnight. It's something that takes a lot of time, it takes losses, it takes wins, it takes a lot of learning.


"We've got new players that have come in this season and they need to get used to the system. So there's many things but I think we can say that the fight that we put out today, in that sense I'm very proud of the boys and you know, we'll look forward to the next game playing here.


"We know we're working really, really well so we're not going to let this affect us."



On returning to the Arsenal fold as a regular again following an injury spell, Bellerin said: "Yeah, I feel that coming back from my long-term injury was very difficult for me.


"I felt like once I was back, my knee felt okay but really my body in general wasn't in the same place as it was pre-injury and I felt during lockdown I had the chance to focus on myself and do the dirty work, as you'd say.


"I've come back from it way stronger, I kept working through the summer and now I feel like I'm back to how I felt two minutes before that injury. So yeah, for me it feels good. But the most important thing is that the team is playing better and better every day and that's what makes me happy."



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