Hector Bellerin says Arsenal will go into the international break with the belief that their title challenge is not over.

Goals from Danny Welbeck and 19-year-old Alex Iwobi secured an impressive 2-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park.

Arsenal remain 11 points behind Leicester City with a game in hand but Bellerin - 21 on Saturday - says the Gunners are still in the hunt.

I think the team has had more purpose with the ball lately and we are playing better football

Hector Bellerin

“Definitely,” he told Arsenal Player. “It is great time to go on the international break after a win, and it’s time for the players to recharge their batteries because it is the last bit of the season and it is important for us.

“We knew it was going to be a hard game. We were really looking forward to it and the team put on a great performance, especially in the first half with two great goals. That gave us the chance to relax a little bit in the second half.

“It is always a hard place to come and in the last few years we have always had tough games [here]. To get a win like that was important.

“I think the team has had more purpose with the ball lately and we are playing better football. That is showing on the pitch because we have to defend less because we are keeping the ball and creating way more chances.”

Bellerin set up Iwobi’s first senior goal and is delighted to see his former academy colleague shine on the big stage.

“I have always been next to him since the academy so it is always nice to see how players come and graduate into the first team, and I think it is really deserved,” he said. “He has been playing well in the last few games and I’m really happy for him.”

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Chris Harris 20 Mar 2016