Bellerin: Arsenal can challenge for the Champions League

The Spanish full-back believes his side can go deep in the tournament’s knockout stages after they kept their qualification hopes alive by beating Dinamo Zagreb

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin backed the Gunners be a force in the Champions League after helping to keep their challenge alive with a 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

Mesut Ozil opened the scoring before Alexis Sanchez netted two goals either side of half-time to complete a comfortable victory.

Arsene Wenger’s men must now beat Olympiacos by two goals in their last Group F fixture in Greece to guarantee their progression to the last 16, and Bellerin is confident of going a long way in the tournament.

“The team know it was an important day today and we had to turn up,” he told BT Sport . “We’re going to play for our lives [at Olympiacos] but this was an important test and the team responded very well.

“We’ve shown all through the season a lot of quality, a lot of creativity and we’re defending very solidly. I think we’re going to be a team that’s going to be up there [at the end of the competition].”

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