Hector Bellerin spoke in Sunday’s matchday programme about how happy he is that Arsene Wenger has put so much faith in him, allowing him to play regularly in the first team.
Since Mathieu Debuchy got injured last season, Bellerin got the chance to have a regular run in the first team and showed he’s a truly quality right-back.
The 20-year-old has already appeared for Arsenal nine times so far this season and doesn’t look as if he’ll be knocked out of the starting 11 any time soon with Debuchy putting in some sub-standard performances when he’s had the chance.
Speaking recently, Bellerin spoke about second-season syndrome and how glad he is to be playing his best football.
“A lot of people talk about that second season stuff but what plays in your favour is that I played 28 games last season,” he said.
“I’m confident, I know that I can play and you know that all the experiences always play in your favour. You’ve got both sides of it – people saying that other teams know what you play like and know how to stop you, but you’ve got the confidence and the experience.
“I’m finding it very good and I’m very happy that the boss is giving me as many opportunities as last year and that I’m playing the minutes I want.”
Bellerin is a useful asset to the first team. His speed allows him to get forward and help our attack but also get back in time to do the dirty work at the back.
The Spaniard works well with Monreal, who is the more experienced, calming presence on the other flank. While Bellerin progresses, Monreal hangs back with the two centre-backs, making our structure pretty solid.