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Hector Bellerin defends Arsenal’s lack of summer spending and says side ARE still title contenders

The Gunners made only two signings during the course of the summer: Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac

Arsenal star Hector Bellerin has defended the club following criticism over their business during the summer transfer window – and believes they are still title contenders.

The Gunners broke their transfer record to sign Alexandre Lacazette, but only he and free transfer Sead Kolasinac arrived.

Other big-money moves – such as that for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar – failed to materialise.

Fans and club legends have questioned how the summer was allowed to pan out as it did for the Gunners, but Bellerin is pleased and believes it’s not always cash that solves problems.

“Football is not just about spending money,” Bellerin told the IB Times. “There are some clubs paying £100million and £200million on players but I do not think that’s the philosophy.

“The important thing is to build a good team, a good block and get results from there. Sometimes it takes time while other clubs use money. Each club has its own resources and its way of working.

“What matters is that on the pitch we give the maximum to prove that money is not everything.”

After back-to-back defeats to Stoke and Liverpool, Arsenal claimed a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Bournemouth on home soil on Saturday.

And Bellerin insists that, ahead of their meeting with champions Chelsea this weekend, Arsenal can still win the title.

“If we did not think that we could win the title, what we would we be doing here? It would not make any sense.

“We train every day very hard to be able to win the Premier League. It has only been two bad games.”


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