Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained his decision to hand Hector Bellerin his first competitive start for the club tonight.
The 19-year-old Spaniard has been included in the Gunners’ starting line-up for tonight’s Champions League Group D clash against Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park.
The youngster has yet to make an appearance for Arsenal in the Premier League, but it seems that Wenger has enough faith in him to throw him against one of Europe’s most attacking team.
The decision may come as a surprise despite the injury to first-choice right-back Mathieu Debuchy (who was suspended anyway) as England international Calum Chambers could have filled in for the Frenchman. However, the former Southampton youngster has been struggling with tonsillitis and Bellerin has been given his chance for Arsenal.
When asked by Sky Sports before the match when he realised that Chambers would not make it against Dortmund and why Bellerin was chosen for this match, Wenger simply said: ‘At two o’clock this afternoon (we realised that Chambers would not make it) and why Hector? Because it is his position’.
It will be a baptism of fire for teenager Bellerin as Dortmund are an attacking side who will be keen to take advantage of his inexperience.