Hector Bellerin has been a revelation this season, and he has really stepped up in the absence of Mathieu Debuchy. He has been so superb, that he has arguably replaced the Frenchman as our first-choice right-back.
Most fans were not happy with the news that Bacary Sagna was leaving us to join Manchester City this season, and there were concerns over who we would get to replace the veteran ex-Gunner. Wenger looked to have done a fantastic bit of business by bringing Debuchy to the Emirates from St James’ Park however, and the former Newcastle man settled in quickly at the club.
Eyebrows were raised when Wenger allowed Carl Jenkinson to join West Ham on loan, but the acquisition of Calum Chambers seemed to soften that blow – especially given his excellent early season performances.
Things suddenly took a turn for the worse however, when Debuchy was sidelined with an injury following our early season clash with Manchester City (via The Independent).
Chambers did the best he could, but it quickly became apparent that he wasn’t a long term solution – Wenger forced to experiment with other options. Queue Hector Bellerin, who was then thrown straight in at the deep end and handed a start in the Champions League.
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The Spaniard struggled early on, but he boasted a number of talents – including lightning pace – which made him the perfect full-back. He grew into the role gradually, and then displaced Chambers completely.
Debuchy returned from his ankle injury, but was almost immediately sidelined with a dislocated shoulder, as reported by The Independent.
Thankfully, Bellerin stepped up again, and really started to impress in the second half of the season. He has not only been solid defensively recently, but he has excelled going forward as well. He’s added goals to his game, and his pace means he is not only a threat to the opposition defence, but he can recover from his mistakes too.
The 20-year-old has been so good recently that may even have staked his claim as our first choice right-back, and Debuchy will certainly have a tough task getting his starting spot back.
The Frenchman may have experience on his side, but his young teammate has shown the potential to become one of the best right-backs in the league.
What do you think Gooners? Who should be our first choice?