First off let me say that I am a big fan of Arsenal’s young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin. He came on in leaps and bounds last season and was a key factor in the Gunners having such a strong second half of the season. I fully expect him to provide very strong competition to Mathieu Debuchy this season and if the France international is not on his mettle he could well lose his place in the Arsenal starting XI.
But we should remember that Bellerin only got so many games last season because Debuchy was struck down twice with the Arsenal injury cures. He is fully fit now though, and I think he will be Arsene Wenger’s go to man, especially in the big games.
So I think he is a sure starter against Chelsea in the Community Shield today. The Frenchman is a top quality right back, who is chosen over Bacary Sagna for France when fit, and he has the added bonus of bags of experience; with 44 Champions League and Europa League games under his belt and 26 full international caps.
And if that was not enough, Debuchy is that bit more defensively solid and alert than Bellerin and with our right back likely to be up against the tricky Eden Hazard on the massive Wembley pitch, I cannot imagine why Wenger would not start with the Frenchman. Can you?