Date: 22nd May 2017 at 10:14pm
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Hector Bellerin and Per Mertesacker have both given their thoughts following victory over Everton at the weekend.

Taking the three one victory on the day with goals from Bellerin himself, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, but it not being quite enough to take us into fourth spot in the table and secured Champions League football for the coming campaign, Bellerin told the Official Site firstly how he felt the unfortunate sending off of Laurent Koscielny would be a particular challenge at Wembley in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

With Koscielny getting his marching orders after only 14 minutes of the game being played, and now being suspended unless we try and appeal it, defensively matters only got worse as Gabriel went off injured early on in the second half and with doubts about Gabriel, Bellerin was asked what kind of blow Koscielny would be.

‘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.’

Bellerin went on to say about the new formation that he felt it suited people perfectly.

‘Since we changed to the new system, things have been working really well. 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.’

As for Mertesacker, who made his first appearance of the league season as Gabriel’s replacement on the day, the appearance was also his 150th in the English top flight and the skipper obviously relished the return to the pitch.

‘It`s a bit sad but I never look back, always look forward because there are quick changes in this league. Today we had a couple of injuries before the game that made me in the squad. Then we unfortunately had a red card and another injury, which gave me a chance to play. But I felt quite good, honestly.’

He went on to say.

‘What I did in training over the last year paid off today. Being on the pitch with the boys is what I used to do for 15 years. I`m still learning but I`m used to it. Take nothing for granted but it was special today. It`s a nice atmosphere after a win and we appreciate the fans and vice-versa. It`s a nice atmosphere but we didn`t get what we wanted, so there`s a little bit of disappointment. But heading to the FA Cup final is something we`re buzzed about.’

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