Bellerin Ready for the Next Step at Arsenal! by AT
Arsenal’s inability to adequately bolster the defence in the summer has quite evidently cost them very early on in the new campaign. News has broken out today confirming that Mathieu Debuchy will be on the sidelines for the next three months, leaving Arsene Wenger’s side with no recognized right-backs.
While Calum Chambers is very much capable of putting in a shift at right-back, the young Englishman cannot be tied down to that spot as he’ll have to his duties at central defence as well, Mertesacker and Koscielny cannot be expected to start every game, there are bound to be injuries.
But with that being said, there is a very hungry 19-year-old who is anxious to make the jump to the first team. Hector Bellerin started his first real senior game against Borussia Dortmund in the 2-0 defeat, and while he may not have delivered a man of the match performance, there were certainly signs that he was ready for the big step.
Going into attributes, the most notable is his electrifying pace, the young Spaniard is said to be faster than Theo Walcott himself. Besides that, he certainly has the ability to play a killer ball into the box. His defensive side of the game is pretty efficient as well. While his decision-making and positioning aren’t quite up to the mark yet, I firmly believe that he will learn should he get a few top flight games under his belt.
In my opinion, Hector Bellerin is ready for the next step in his career and while I’m not suggesting that he be played in every game, I do think that he’s ready to be slowly integrated into the first-team picture. Looking at his rate of development, it doesn’t seem long before the former La Masia trainee ties down the right-back position permanently at Arsenal.