Hector Bellerín has admitted this weekend’s FA Cup Final against Chelsea will be made all the more difficult with Laurent Koscielny’s suspension after a needless sending off during the 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday.
There were mixed emotions for the team overall, who won on the afternoon but Liverpool’s 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough meant that for the first time in two decades, Arsenal will be competing in the UEFA Europa League next season.
In addition to this, Koscielny wasn’t the only defender who was ruled out as Gabriel sustained a knee ligament injury and is a serious doubt for contention against Antonio Conte’s Premier League winners.
Bellerín was impressive during the win over Everton and spoke to the club’s media post-match, revealing that the upcoming task has been made even more challenging without the side’s best defender.
The Spaniard said, “He’s a player who is very important to us and has worked hard throughout the year for us. To miss him in the last game is going to be difficult.”
The Gunners have only lost once in nine (all comps) since Wenger’s formation change and despite the absence of Koscielny this upcoming weekend, the mood and environment have improved with this current winning run.
“Since we changed to the new system, things have been working really well,” Bellerin stated.
“It’s been a great run of form to build up the momentum and, even though it’s not got us Champions League football, at least we’re going to get to the FA Cup final with a great mood and environment in the dressing room.
“It was good to build up to it.“