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Bellerin urges Arsenal to look at form slump “positively” ahead of Boro clash

Date Posted,April 16, 2017

Hector Bellerin has taken a glass half full attitude to the next level as he aims to boost the mood of his Arsenal team-mates.

The Gunners are staring at a season without the Champions League, sitting in a well below expectations seventh in the Premier League as they head to Middlesbrough on Monday night.

Arsene Wenger is looking for a huge response after their 3-0 humiliation by Crystal Palace last time out, which only magnified the huge pressure on the Gunners boss.

But Bellerin insists the experience of a season to forget should be looked at as a lesson.

“In other seasons, we’ve gone through bad patches, but probably not as bad as in this one,” he told arsenal.com.

Bellerin tackles Francis Coquelin ahead of Monday night’s match (Photo: Getty)

“You need to learn to deal with people saying bad things about you and you need to learn to deal with stuff that’s not happened before.

“It will make me stronger, that’s how I see it. Some people can be destroyed or collapse but I think I and everyone at the club needs to look at it positively.”

For Bellerin, he his team-mates must focus on what they can control on the pitch in a bid to calm fans who are irate at another season lost.

Arsene Wenger remains under huge pressure (Photo: Getty)

“We just need to do our job on the pitch,” he said. “We know that fans are angry, we know that people want results because we’re Arsenal and that’s what’s expected from us.

“But it’s been a long time that we went through a patch like this so we need to make sure that we recover from it. Trust me, we’re trying as hard as we can.

“Everyone is training hard but sometimes when things don’t go your way, it just doesn’t happen for you. There’s a lot of doubt, we’re not as confident as before but we just need to get ourselves together.

Arsenal fans are angry at another season of performances below expectations (Photo: Rex Features)

“It’s important that everyone at the club unites – the players, the fans, everyone outside. We have to be as one together because if we’re not, people are trying to divide us and that’s what’s going to make us break.”

“We just need to be together and then if we want to push forward, that’s the only way.”

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