Arteta's most sincere confession about Bellerín

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal coach, spoke in the preview of his team's match against Benfica in the Europa League, and referred to the Spanish right-back.


Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, spoke in the preview of his team's match against Benfica in the Europa League. The Basque coach was questioned about one of his most important players, Héctor Bellerín, with whom he had a great relationship as a teammate.

Relationship with Bellerín.

"If you asked me that question (Héctor Bellerin described you as a brother in his documentary. Do you feel that you have that relationship with him?) A few years ago, I would probably say yes. If he feels it that way, it is good because we had a very strong relationship and I tried to help him as much as I could. Now it is a different relationship. Obviously, when you meet the person and you meet the professional, it is easier to help him because you know how he feels, you know what he needs and how to get him out. the maximum game. It is true that this season he has found much more consistency, he has been available in many more games and hopefully now he has forgotten the last two years when injuries prevented him from playing that much. "

Being friends with a player.

"It's very complicated. You can't change your feelings towards someone, but then you have to be fair, you have to be very demanding as well, and it has to be a space that has to be shared and lived differently between a player and a manager. That does not mean that their feelings are different towards the person ".


"I think everyone has to compete with each other. Cedric has done really well. Now we have Calum who has been training really well the last three or four weeks and who seems completely ready to step in. So everyone They have to play at their best level and we are also going to have to rotate the players with the number of games we have. Is Bellerín going to start against Benfica? I don't know, I will probably decide the line-up tonight. "

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