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'We knew it was just a question of time'

Hector Bellerin was as pleased as anyone to have claimed our first Premier League win of the Unai Emery era.

We beat West Ham United 3-1 on Saturday after a hard-fought clash, and afterwards the Spanish defender spoke to Arsenal Media.

This is what he told us:

on the first win of the season and whether he feels relieved…
I wouldn’t describe it as relief. We’ve been working hard now for the last two months, so we knew it was just a question of time. We had two tough games to start after lots of changes at the club. We knew it was a question of time, a question of scoring the chances that we had. Today was that kind of day. We still could have been even more efficient, but even though we started behind in the scores, we turned it around and I was very happy with the reaction of the team as well.

on whether he felt pressure was starting to build in terms of getting the first win…
Like I was saying, it was not about pressure. It was just, as I say, a question of time. We knew we were playing at home with our crowd, it was a tough team, they’ve had a very good summer window. They’ve signed loads of top players, so even though they were still getting used to each other as well, we knew it was going to be tough. I think the score doesn’t show how hard it was on the pitch, but as I said, it was just a question of time because the whole team has been working really hard and really well.

on whether he’s starting to feel more comfortable in the system…
At the end of the day it’s football, right, and that’s what we’ve always been playing and there’s always a few adjustments here and there that we need to make in order to play the style that the coach wants to play, but of course we’ve been playing with each other for a long time so even though the system changes, at the end of the day we’re the same players so we still understand each other and that helps. It’s all about the work of the team and we’ve been working really hard this week and we knew what we had to do in order to score goals and that’s what we all did together.

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