Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has claimed that his side were guilty of waiting for something to happen against Tottenham as the Gunners fell to a hugely damaging 1-0 defeat at the hands of their fierce London rivals.
Harry Kane rose above the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he scored the only goal of the game to give Tottenham a one-goal win. Despite the fact that Arsenal saw a lot of the ball in the first-half they were guilty of failing to create enough in the match.
The loss means that the Gunners are now a massive seven points short of Tottenham with their Champions League dreams lying in tatters. The London side are now closing in on a point where they will have to win all of their remaining games and that still may not be enough, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all vying for three places.
Ultimately, it has been yet another season in which they have been far too inconsistent and this is likely to cost them yet again, with the Gunners missing out on Champions League football last season.
Hector Bellerin sees the need for his side to take the initiative more as he told Arsenal’s official website: “We waited too long. In the first half, we were waiting for something to happen. We didn’t create chances, we didn’t have the ball like we should have done and then in the second half we paid for it. We need to take the initiative a bit more, to attack more and keep the ball because we didn’t do that today”.
“In the second half, at the end they were tired, they weren’t pressing as much and we were creating a bit more space so we had chances. It’s a bit frustrating because you could see that we could have gone home with a point or even three. I think we weren’t at the standard required, so it’s something to look at for the next game”.
Arsenal’s next game sees the London side take on Ostersund in Thursday’s Europa League game. Bellerin will be hoping that his side can put their poor performance against Tottenham behind them as the Europa League may be their last viable way into the Champions League