Bellerin: We knew we had to win

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Hector Bellerin returned to the starting XI at Stoke yesterday, and played a big part in our 4-1 win.

The Spanish full back got an assist for Olivier Giroud’s opening goal, crossing to provide the French international with a tap-in after he’d been sent free by Francis Coquelin.

It set the Gunners on their way to a third win in seven days, and Bellerin spoke afterwards about how hard they worked to make it happen.

“We knew that we were playing for our lives really, so any result other than a win wasn’t good for us,” he said.

“We knew that at the start of the game, so we knew we had to win no matter what. I think the team did really well.

“We had loads of chances, it was important to get them in and I think the team did really well.”

The win puts some pressure on Liverpool to not drop points at West Ham today, and the 22 year old said it showed there is still some spirit in the side.

“We have a lot of heart,” he said, a lot of character and, even though in some games it may not look like we’ve shown it, the team really wants to be there and we’ve shown that here.”

Read today’s Arseblog: Stoke 1-4 Arsenal: Holding shines as Gunners batter toothless Potters

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