by Lewis Ambrose
With Carl Jenkinson likely to leave the club but only on loan again this summer it leaves the club with two senior right-backs plus Calum Chambers.
When Jenkinson returns from wherever he ends up (possibly West Ham, probably Sunderland) he will find himself in a troublesome situation.
The thing is, Arsenal are already well-stocked in his position and he will have more than two years wprth of first-choice Premier League experience under his belt – where does that leave him?
Hector Bellerin had a huge 2014/15 campaign, enjoying his breakthrough season after his move from Barcelona as a teenager.
Now 20 years old and a member of the Spain u21 side, Bellerin is set to be Arsenal right-back for a long time.
Also at the club is something of a forgotten man in Mathieu Debuchy.
The French international joined Arsenal in a £10M deal last summer expecting to replace countryman Bacary Sagna, but injuries meant he only played nine Premier League games at right-back. His only Champions League appearance saw him sent off against Besiktas.
Not a great return on £10M but the right-back spot is now Bellerin’s to lose and that should still be the case when Jenkinson is back.
If Jenks does head out on loan again he will have another year to prove himself as a Premier League level right-back, which he already did at Upton Park last campaign.
Which all leaves Mathieu Debuchy as the big loser.
When 2016/17 comes around he will be 31, looking down the home stretch of his career, and I would back Jenkinson to take his place in the squad.
But that is as far as I’ll go, for Jenkinson is unlikely to usurp Bellerin.
That ‘battle’ is a mismatch, as Bellerin is a more technically gifted footballer and is blessed with well-documented pace.
It shouldn’t be seen as a battle, but a strengthening of the Arsenal squad. Having two guys in their early twenties in the right-back position is great as we look to continue building a squad with talent and longevity.
As far as Jenkinson is concerned he has developed hugely and has an incredible passion for the club.
Arsenal have a great future, and these two young defenders should be a big part of it.