Time for Wenger to show faith in Hector Bellerin against United

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Arsenal must pick Hector Bellerin at right-back and Calum Chambers in the centre if Laurent Koscielny remains unavailable for the Manchester United match.

Arsenal take on Manchester United on Saturday in a huge match for both sides and the Gunners would be wise to pick a teenager who has made just five appearances for the first-team to date.

Arsene Wenger’s men are looking to prove their recent defensive frailties are a thing of the past and the best way to do that is to pick players in their natural positions.

Nacho Monreal is a fine player but he is not a centre-back, and yet Wenger opted for the Spaniard against Anderlecht and Swansea City…before duly paying the price.

Monreal was completely out of his depth against the Swans, failing to win a single aerial battle just a few days after playing his part in Arsenal’s Champions League capitulation; which is why it is time for Wenger to put his trust in Hector Bellerin, a fantastic young right-back who has the talent and the confidence to excel in the Premier League.

By opting for the 19-year-old, Wenger could play Calum Chambers alongside Per Mertesacker while Laurent Koscielny steps up his match fitness. And with Kieran Gibbs on the opposite flank suddenly Arsenal would look balanced once more.

Chambers has already proved how effective he can be as a centre-back and he would be a far better choice to partner the German international than persisting with Monreal.

Mathieu Debuchy’s injury means Chambers is the most experienced right-back currently available but Bellerin deserves a chance.

If nothing else, Arsenal will be more dominant in defence with the former Southampton player in place, while they are unlikely to let a 3-0 goal lead slip or be as easily undone as they were just a few days later against Swansea.

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