Héctor Bellerín took his chance. Last season Arsene Wenger didn't thought twice when the first choice right-back Mathieu Debuchy got injured. The young Catalan former Barcelona defender was the ideal replacement. What Debuchy didn't know was that he wasn't going to get his position back. Never. In the last transfer window the French tried to leave Arsenal because he wasn't playing and he wanted to be involved with France in next summer's Euro 2016. He moved to Bordeaux. Ballerin is irreplaceable.
What is this young Barcelona born story? He spent more than seven years in La Masia until 2011, when Arsene Wenger came fishing again at Camp Nou and took two of the Catalan's starlets: Bellerin and Jon Toral. The first one is now an Arsenal star and the second one is on loan at Birmingham City, hoping to impress the Arsenal manager and be back next season with the first team.
But what are Bellerin's skills and why he has proven so better than Debuchy, a French international? He is very quick. Even Arsenal as a club don't want to make his velocity tests public. Bellerin has broken Theo Walcott's club speed record. If we add a very good technical ability, acquired back in Barcelona, we have a perfect Premier League right-back, with pace and quality to be offensive and dangerous. Bellerin's most important strength however may be his mental concentration and winning desire. It is very difficult to find him out of position or making silly mistakes.
However, there's something that could help Barcelona if Bellerin is -he will be- selected in Wenger's eleven. He likes to attack. And next to him usually plays Per Mertesacker, who is the slowest of the team. Despite Bellerin's speed to recover the position, Arsenal's right part of the defense might be the best place to attack and punish from Barcelona's point of view.
Hector Bellerin stats 2015 - 2016
Pass success percentage: 84,9%