Hector Bellerin believes Arsenal are capable of overcoming a poor start to the season to clinch the Premier League title – just as Chelsea did last year.
The Gunners suffered two defeats before the start of September to suggest another season of frustration awaits Arsenal fans at the Emirates.
But Bellerin was keen to highlight Chelsea’s struggles at the start of the 2016-17 campaign to show what can be achieved during the rest of the campaign.
‘Look at how Chelsea began last season and how they ended up winning the title,’ Spanish defender Bellerin told IBTimes UK.
‘It doesn’t only matter how you start but to be consistent. Check the Chelsea results at the beginning of last season. They had a difficult time too, they lost two games and won several games in the last minutes.
‘Then, they won 13 consecutive games and eventually won the Premier League. Manchester City, however, started very well and then faded out.
‘The important thing is to be consistent throughout the season. We have had two bad games but we now have six points and we have to look forward.’
Arsene Wenger’s side responded from last weekend’s humbling defeat at Liverpool with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, but few still believe Arsenal are capable of winning the title.
‘If we did not think that we could win the title, what we would we be doing here? It would not make any sense,’ Bellerin added.
‘We train every day very hard to be able to win the Premier League. It has only been two bad games.
‘It has been a difficult period for the Arsenal family. Players knew that we had to give our 100% against Bournemouth because we had to win no matter what.
Arsenal 2017/18 fixtures
FC Koln (H) – Europa League – Thu 14 Sep
Chelsea (A) – Sun 17 Sep
Doncaster (H) – League Cup – Tue 19 Sep
West Brom (H) – Mon 25 Sep
BATE Borisov (A) – Europa League – Thu 28 Sep
Brighton (H) – Sun 1 Oct
‘It was a good way to prove that we have just had two bad games and we have to move on. I am very happy with the attitude and the result.’
Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign with a game against FC Cologne on Thursday night, before returning to league action three days later with a short trip across London to face Chelsea.