Hector Bellerin may have missed all but one of our Europa League group-stage games, but he’s been an ever-present in the competition since.
The Spain international scored in that match against Cologne back in September and has starred in wins over Ostersunds and our quarter-final first leg against CSKA Moscow, but Bellerin says there is one victory which meant more than any other.
“Beating AC Milan in the last round was a great boost for us because they were one of the teams to beat in the competition,” he said.
“We know that if you want to be up there then you need to play against these types of teams so that was a very important home and away win for us and we’re very excited as it’s our first year in the competition. We want to do the best that we can and we know we have chances.
“Any trophy is a great trophy for us. It’s a European trophy, it doesn’t matter if it’s the Champions League or the Europa League. Especially right now with the teams that you have in the Europa League with Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, who we just beat. These teams are Champions League teams so for us to win this competition would mean the world, of course.”
Copyright 2023 The Arsenal Football Club Limited. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.