Hector Bellerin has yet to make a Premier League appearance for Arsenal, but the 19-year-old defender could start the Gunners’ Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
France international right-back Mathieu Debuchy is out with an ankle injury, while Calum Chambers is reportedly suffering from illness. Spain international Nacho Monreal, who is a left-back but can also play in central defence, is doubtful as well.
All these injuries and doubts mean that Bellerin could feature against Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park in the Group D match on Tuesday.
Although the Spanish youngster is unlikely to start the encounter, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he is ready to make the step-up, hinting that he could be used against the German club if needed (click here to read more).
The Frenchman has also outlined the qualities of Bellerin, telling reporters at a press conference on Monday: ‘He is a boy who is not fazed by pressure. That’s a very important quality when you are a young boy and playing for a big club.
‘His transition game is fantastic and he is very quick. He lacks a bit of experience as a defender, but he is very dangerous as well going forward’.
Bellerin does indeed look like a genuinely good prospect for Arsenal, but perhaps throwing him onto the pitch against Dortmund on Tuesday may not be such a good idea.
The Bundesliga outfit have a very attacking team and will be determined to pick up a win against Arsenal. Bellerin’s inexperience could play in Dortmund’s favour; and if he struggles, then that will have an adverse effect on his confidence.