Michael Cox: How Hector Bellerin cemented his place as Arsenal’s first-choice right-back

Last summer, Arsene Wenger was faced with the departure of long-serving right-back Bacary Sagna, and also planned to loan out Carl Jenkinson. It meant he required two new bodies.

Wenger, therefore, recruited both Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle and Calum Chambers from Southampton, who could also play in central positions but had generally played on the right. Just over a year on, though, and neither can get a game. Arsenal’s right-back slot has been nailed down by someone else entirely – Spanish youngster Hector Bellerin.

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