Arsene Wenger on challenge facing Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin in 2015/16

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The Gunners manager says the promising pair must look to kick on in the upcoming campaign.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the club’s official website that Hector Bellerin must look to further fulfil his potential in 2015/16.

The highly-rated full-back enjoyed a breakout season last year as he came in to replace an injured Mathieu Debuchy midway through the campaign and impressed within the senior ranks.

With Debuchy now back to full fitness, it is expected that Bellerin will return to filling back-up duties. Wenger, though, says it is up to the Spaniard, and fellow academy graduate Francis Coquelin, to prove that their efforts last year were no fluke and that they deserve a regular role in his side.

“He is one of the players who emerged last year and had a very good season,” the manager told

“Bellerin and Coquelin were not necessarily planned last season to come out and they have to confirm that this season. That’s always very difficult, to produce a similar performance in the second season. That’s their challenge.”

Can Bellerin and Coquelin retain their places next season?

After their impressive performances last season, it is easy to see both Coquelin and Bellerin retaining their places in the Arsenal side next season.

The defensive midfielder in particular looks certain to cement his place, with his introduction into the side having proved a masterstroke as the Gunners finally found the balance they have been craving for so long.

There is also little competition for Bellerin within the current squad, further strengthening his grip on that position. Bellerin, though, faces a sterner test in an effort to nail down a starting berth.

It is expected that Debuchy will be Wenger’s first choice, but he was hardly inspiring when fit last season and it is easy to argue that Bellerin looks the better player going forward, something which may sway the thoughts of his manager in his favour.

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