Timely boost for Arsenal as Hector Bellerin makes injury recovery ahead of Palace clash

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Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin has recovered from a thigh injury.

Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has recovered from his thigh injury in tine to face Sunday’s opponents Crystal Palace, the Daily Mail reports.

The former Barcelona youngster missed the opening day 2-0 defeat at home to West Ham United, Mathieu Debuchy deputising in his absence.

The French star performed well enough from a defensive perspective but the Gunners missed Bellerin’s attacking intuitions and blistering speed down the right flank.

While he may not be at 100%, his return is a big boost for boss Arsene Wenger and leaves the French coach with a difficult decision ahead of the clash at Selhurst Park.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameDef Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameTake-ons per GameKey Passes per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Mathieu Debuchy 1.73 1.64 8.36 5.55 0.55 0.27 29.36 11
Héctor Bellerín 1.55 2.1 4.6 5.35 1.5 0.6 31.35 20

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy both excel in different defensive categories and their inclusion in the first-team could be totally dependent on the opposition.

Debuchy, 30, is more experienced and arguably the better defender of the two - averaging more tackles, defensive duel winner and ball recoveries per Premier League encounter over the past 15 months.

Bellerin, in contrast, is evidently the more attacking of the two and more likely to make something happen in the final third, averaging more take-ons, accurate passes and chances created per match.

For tricky away games such as Palace where the hosts are likely to be physical and apply lots of pressure, Wenger would arguably be better off opting for the more defensive-minded Debuchy.

Against sides content on sitting back and defending, Bellerin on the other hand represents the better option and his absence was duly missed in the defeat to the Hammers.

His return nonetheless leaves Wenger with an interesting decision to make this weekend.

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