Bellerin has improved defensively from first team starts, says Wenger

The young defender is battling with Mathieu Debuchy for the Arsenal right-back spot.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsene Wenger has highlighted where defender Hector Bellerin has improved the most since his introduction to the first team.

The Spanish defender was drafted into the side last season in the absence of former Newcastle United full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who was signed in last season’s summer transfer window.

He quickly caught the eye, managing to match defensive strength with attacking flair and netting against Liverpool as he and his side enjoyed a strong finish to the 2014/15 campaign.

And his manager has praised the 20-year-old for the speed at which he has developed.

“Hector was always very good going forward when he was a kid,” he told

“He was always questioned for his defensive responsibility and that’s where he has improved the most, without losing his drive going forward. I would say his defensive attitude and defensive reliability have vastly improved.”

Bellerin or Debuchy for the Arsenal first team?

At this moment in time, it is arguable that Bellerin deserves to be starting ahead of Debuchy in the Arsenal side.

Despite his young age and relative lack of experience, he impressed when called upon last season and has been able to carry that form over to the current campaign.

Indeed, Arsenal as a side look stronger with him in it, and given that he has improved defensively, that no longer remains a reason as to why Wenger may choose Debuchy ahead him.

The Frenchman faces a fight to earn his first team place back from the Spaniard, and it may be some time before he manages to hold down a regular role again.

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