Bellerin calls for calm ahead of West Ham clash after supporters scuffle with each other

Hector Bellerin

Arsenal face a crucial Premier League clash with West Ham tomorrow night with Hector Bellerin urging fans to keep faith in the Gunners despite a lean spell.

Spain defender Bellerin played his part in a 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City in the top flight on Sunday, earning Arsene Wenger’s under-fire aide a point and leaving them fifth in the league table.

But the draw wasn’t enough to calm angry fans in some quarters and there were scuffles between Gooners as passions ran high on whether or not Wenger should remain in the hotseat.

Now Bellerin has called for calm ahead of th clash with the Hammers at the Emirates. He said: “My message is just to remain calm. There are still loads of games to go. I understand that it can be frustrating not to be there at the moment but as I say, we just need to be together.

“The team, fans, everyone; the whole of Arsenal has to be together and be positive. Hopefully like that we can make it happen.”

Bellerin backs up his call for an easing of tension by claiming that the Gunners can cash in on games in hand and build on the draw with City.

He added: “We have a few games in hand, we are a few games behind some of the teams on top of us. But we knew this year it was going to be very competitive. There were six or seven teams that were going to compete for the Champions League spots.

“We knew that it was going to get tough. It was going to be one of the hardest leagues probably in the last few years. We knew it could happen but we still have loads of games for us to recover and make it into the top four. I think it’s just ours for the taking.”