Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has certainly come of age recently. His goal against Liverpool over the weekend showed the level of confidence that he currently has, thanks to the amount of games he has managed to get under his belt.
He has overtaken Calum Chambers as the outright favourite for the right back position. His pace allows him to get back quickly and it means we are less prone to counter attacks, unlike Chambers who leaves massive gaps for the opposition to exploit. That is not to say Chambers is a bad player but it is quite obvious that right back is not and will never be his position and his lack of pace combined with Mertesacker is a disaster waiting to happen. Teams with a ruthless streak in front of goal like Chelsea would be licking their lips at the mere thought of it happening.
Thankfully, that probably will not happen as Bellerin is not an injury prone player and with Debuchy coming back from an injury, the right back position looks covered. However, should Arsenal continue with Hector Bellerin who brings with him a lot of enthusiasm and energy expected from such a young player, a trait that Mertesacker appreciated, or should Arsenal turn to an inexperienced head in the shape of Mathieu Debuchy?
Debuchy’s experience makes him more formidable defensively than Bellerin and he is no slouch either. However, he is more inclined to his defensive duties choosing his attacking forays more carefully. While this is not necessarily a bad thing as we will be more solid defensively, Arsenal rely a lot on their fullbacks to make overlapping runs and spread the play as much as possible.
Bellerin has learnt how to use his pace to his advantage, both in a defensive and attacking sense and it has to be said that Arsenal are not doing too badly with him in the side. His goal against Liverpool showed quite a high level of technique and I would not be surprised to see him go on and get a few more goals before the end of the season.
It remains to be seen whether Wenger goes with the high level of energy Bellerin brings to the team or reverts to the experience of Debuchy. Either way, Arsenal fans can be assured Arsenal are now quite defensively sound.