Hector Bellerin insists Arsenal players ‘gave 100%’ after being booed during Brighton defeat

Hector Bellerin reacts to Arsenal defeat to Brighton
The Spanish defender feels the team gave everything despite losing on Thursday (Picture: Getty)

Hector Bellerin is adamant Arsenal’s players gave ‘100%’ in their Premier League defeat to Brighton on Thursday night after they were booed off the pitch following the full-time whistle.

The Gunners went behind in a poor first-half showing but levelled at the start of the second through Alexandre Lacazette as they raised their game – though they ultimately succumbed to a 2-1 defeat as Neal Maupay struck a late winner.

Fans showed their discontent, booing when the final whistle was blown, but Bellerin – who fronted up to the media afterwards – felt the reaction was a little unwarranted.

Brighton beat Arsenal
Brighton’s win means Arsenal have not won in the league since the start of October (Getty)

Asked about the booing, the Spanish defender told Amazon Prime Video: ‘I think from the pitch, from how hard we’ve been working this week, from everything, every single player has given their 100%, the coaches as well.

‘When we come out on that pitch, everyone wants to win. Everyone wants to give their best for that shirt. Sometimes I don’t know, as I say, it’s hard to say it.

‘I felt like, especially in the second half, the team was full of energy, we had a goal disallowed – which was rightly disallowed anyway – but as I say it’s just hard to take for us. We need to keep going, we cannot give up, we need to keep playing like the second half and I’m sure 100% the results will come.’

He continued: ‘I don’t even know what to say. You get the feeling that whatever we’re doing it doesn’t come out right.

‘The team gave its best, especially you can see how we pushed in the second half, created chances, every single player was going for every single ball, we defended good, but it seems like we need so many chances to score a goal and other teams with the smallest chances they score. It sounds a bit hard to say, but sometimes it’s like lost for words a bit.’

Hector Bellerin responds to Arsenal fans booing
Arsenal’s players looked totally dejected at the end of the game (Picture: Getty)

The match was interim manager Freddie Ljungberg’s first at the Emirates and the defeat will have done little to help his chances of getting the job permanently, though Bellerin insists he has the squad’s backing.

He added: ‘For us, Freddie has helped the team a lot in this week. He’s added a lot of energy in the dressing room. Whoever is there we are going to give 100%, it’s our job as players, and we’re going to give 100% for Freddie.’

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