Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy has been amongst the headlines lately with continued threats to leave the club in January if he isn’t given a more prominent role in the first team.
However, young usurper Hector Bellerin isn’t in any mood to give him sympathy by declaring himself good enough to be the club’s first choice right-back for the foreseeable future in the Daily Express.
The 20-year-old stepped into the breach last season as he deputised for the injured Debuchy, and has held onto his starting spot into the current campaign, which has ruffled the Frenchman’s feathers.
“In the long-term, if this situation continues it could become tricky,” Debuchy said recently.
“He [Wenger] knows I’m worried though because there’s an important deadline at the end of the season.
“It’s a must to hold down a first team place. It’s clear. To be effective on the field you need game time.”
But Bellerin is not one for bending over backwards, and is ready to hang on to his spot in the time with everything he’s got.
“At the beginning of the first season, you don’t have that pressure to perform at 100 per cent because it is always hard when you first start,” he told the London Evening Standard.
“But now, in the second season, people are expecting big things from you so you can’t disappoint them. You have to play your ‘A’ game in every single match and that is a good thing.
“I’m confident, I know that I can play and you know that all the experience always plays in your favour. You’ve got both sides of it — people saying that teams know how to stop you but you’ve got the confidence and the experience.”