Hector Bellerin sends class message to Arsenal teammate Ainsley Maitland-Niles after Chelsea Europa League final defeat

first_imgAdvertisement Hector Bellerin sends class message to Arsenal teammate Ainsley Maitland-Niles after Chelsea Europa League final defeat Advertisement Comment Olivier Giroud was fouled by Ainsley Maitland-Niles allowing Eden Hazard the opportunity to score from the penalty spot (Picture: Getty)Maitland-Niles was clearly devastated at the final whistle and was consoled by Bellerin who took to social media on Friday to express his disappointment at a season which petered out, having promised so much.‘It’s been a season with loads of learnings (sic) for everyone as a collective,’ Bellerin wrote on Twitter.‘The result was one which hurt us all. We’ll continue to work hard and get the club back to where it belongs.‘Thank you again for all the support this season. Ps, so proud of you my brother Ainsley.’Despite Maitland-Niles development and Bellerin’s imminent return from injury, Emery is reportedly set to raid his former club PSG for the services of Thomas Meunier this summer.With Lichtsteiner unlikely to be retained, Emery is said to have been in contact with the 27-year-old for several months and the Belgium international is reportedly keen on a move to north London, despite the absence of Champions League football.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Ainsley Maitland-Niles was consoled after the final whistle following Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin has revealed the Arsenal squad has been ‘hurt’ by Wednesday’s catastrophic Europa League final defeat against Chelsea but remains ‘proud’ of his understudy Ainsley Maitland-Niles.The Spain international had been one of the main beneficiaries of Unai Emery’s appointment as Arsene Wenger’s successor before a cruciate knee ligament injury, against Chelsea in January, prematurely ended his season.With summer signing Stephan Licthsteiner failing to live up to expectations, it had largely been left to Maitlain-Niles to deputise for Bellerin in an unfamiliar right wing-back role.The 21-year-old has performed admirably in the circumstances but endured a difficult night in Baku, conceding possession in the build-up to Pedro’s goal, before fouling Olivier Giroud and gifting Eden Hazard the opportunity to end the game from the penalty spot.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 May 2019 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShareslast_img

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