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Bellerin: Wenger Deserves Respect, Not Criticism

The Gunners right-back has praised his manager for the players he has brought through and developed but concedes that it is unlikely the club will win the league this season

Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin has called on fans to keep the faith in Arsene Wenger, as the club face a trophyless season in 2015/16.

The veteran French manager has come in for flak from some sectors of the Gunners support, with a banner calling for him to step aside seen in a recent clash.

But according to the right-back, his stellar track record speaks for itself.

“[Wenger] doesn’t deserve the criticism. Few managers have done what he has done, to be at a club for so long, to keep them at a high level, always competing for European places, winning titles,” he explained to Goal.

“It’s true that maybe in recent years the club hasn’t been quite what it was, but that doesn’t take away, for example, the number of players he’s developed – me included. He found me in Barcelona and has allowed me to play in the Premier League.

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“He has given me the opportunities that I have. Few managers have done that. Wenger deserves the utmost respect for what he’s done at Arsenal.”

Bellerin did confesss, however, that the Premier League was now almost out of sight.

“It’s going to be very difficult for us [to win the league]. There are only a few games left, although there are still lots of points to play for. We have some difficult games, though, so we have to be realistic: it’s going to be difficult for Arsenal,” he said.

“But I never think that anything is impossible. If I did, it wouldn’t be worth playing. In football incredible things happen. And we are not going to give up on the league. We’re going to continue.

“We are disappointed about the FA Cup defeat to Watford, and the Champions League loss to Barcelona, although that was a challenge out of our reach, but we still put up a fight. Now we have the league left, which is a little difficult, but we have to take on the challenge. I hope we can be champions.

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“We won the last two FA Cups and it’s a dream for any player or fan to win three. It was difficult to do, though. The fans and the club are disappointed because we thought we could do it. But in one game, if you don’t do well, you can get knocked out. And in the end that’s what happened, but it’s all so the good thing about the competition.”