Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin expecting different challenge from Liverpool this season

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The defender is also unfazed by the competition he faces from Mathieu Debuchy at Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin says they are expecting a 'different' challenge from Liverpool than they faced last season.

The two teams come up against each other on Monday evening, with the Reds enjoying a perfect start to the season thus far and the Gunners having won one and lost one.

Brendan Rodgers' side were comfortably beaten at the Emirates last season, but Bellerin says the home side are expecting a completely different challenge following Liverpool’s business in the summer which has seen them bring a number of fresh faces into their squad.

"They have signed some good players, it is going to be a totally different game and we are excited," Bellerin told Sky Sports.

"It is only the third game of the season so it is important that we do things well. We had a very good pre-season - a fantastic pre-season - we had a very good end to the year last year, so obviously there is a great atmosphere in the dressing room.”

Competition with Debuchy good for everyone

One of the big decisions Wenger will have to make for Monday’s game is whether to start with Bellerin or return Mathieu Debuchy to the side.

The Frenchman has been somewhat supplanted by his younger counterpart after the Spaniard came in an impressed in his absence last season. Unfortunately for Debuchy, he started in the loss to West Ham United, with Bellerin replacing him for the win over Crystal Palace.

In that regard then, the odds would appear to be in Bellerin's favour, and while some players would prefer to avoid such competition for places, the 20-year-old full-back insists that the rivalry is good for the both of them.

"Mathieu Debuchy is back now so we know there is going to be a lot of competition but we all say that is a good thing," he added.

"Competition always makes you train harder and perform better because you know you have to give 100 percent otherwise you are going to be on the bench."

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