Arsenal’s Amazing Full-Backs! by AT
It is safe to say that Arsenal have had a really good 2015. After defending the FA Cup at the end of last season, Arsene Wenger’s side currently sit on top of the table at the halfway point of the season. The Gunners’ rise in form can be attributed to a lot of things, mainly the emergence of Francis Coquelin and the majestic performances of Mesut Ozil. But apart from that, 2015 has seen the emergence of Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin as the country’s best full-back pair.
Since replacing Kieran Gibbs as Arsenal’s first-choice left-back, Monreal has been simply outstanding for the Gunners. In fact, I would go as far as to say that he has turned into the Premier League’s best left-back. The Spaniard is very solid in defence, great going forward and has an unquestionable work ethic as he covers every blade of grass on Arsenal’s left-side. Specifically, when he plays behind Sanchez, the duo have a great understanding and are lethal for the opposition.
Without a doubt, Hector Bellerin has been one of the revelations of the year for Arsenal. Although he’s more of raw potential than a finished product, the La Masia graduate has proved that he belongs in the Arsenal team. With defensive solidity and neat passing to go with lightning pace and an eye for goal, Hector has adapted very easily to the Premier League and has even subject to interest from former club Barcelona! Thankfully, the player has pledged his loyalty to Arsenal.
For me, the Spanish duo have added a degree of stability and dynamism on the flanks. They have played a major role in keeping the defence tight and are also a huge part of the Gunners’ offensive system. So with that being said, I really hope Monreal and Bellerin can continue their outstanding form and stay way from injuries as Arsenal go marching on towards a potential battle for the title.