THE ARSENAL ROUND TABLE: 2015/2016 SEASON, BELLERIN OR DEBUCHY

The new 2015/2016 season is already on the horizon, fixtures have been released, the home kit is set, there is a leak of a golden away kit (that i love so much) and the Transfer season is in full swing.

As we enter the new season, one of the major decisions for the boss would : who would be the club’s first choice right back?

We are blessed in abundance with them, from Debuchy, Bellerin, Chambers and Jenko. While Chambers would be an auxiliary centre back and Jenko might be loaned back to West Ham or Sunderland, Bellerin and Debuchy would struggle for that post.

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Before our panelist digest this issue, let us take a look at some of the stats of both players from last season: Debuchy had more tackles per game than Bellerin, more clearances and more blocks while the young Spaniard had more interceptions,  and was dribbled less number of times per game.

Bellerin scored 2 goals, had more key passes per game, more dribbles and far more crosses into the box than Debuchy.

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So would Wenger pick the youthfulness and skill of Bellerin over the experience and toughness of Debuchy.

Let me introduce a new panelist on the Roundtable, a real gooner royalty and the author of popular Arsenal blog dedicated purely to the Youth teams: Jorge Bird : founder of Arsenal youth blog (check it out here).

Jorge Bird @jorgebird

It will be a very difficult decision for Arsene Wenger to make when it comes to choosing his first choice right-back for the new season. 

Hector Bellerin started last season on the fringes but developed tremendously as the campaign progressed and capped an excellent season with a good performance in the FA Cup Final. 

Debuchy is an established performer but he has struggled with injuries and his tendency to burst forward at regular intervals can leave Arsenal’s defence vulnerable to counter-attacks. 

Bellerin still has some things to improve on defensively, most notably with regards to refraining from clearing the ball straight to the opposition. However, he fits very well into this Arsenal team and, along with fellow full-back Nacho Monreal, helps to add some
much-needed balance to the side. 

I think Bellerin should start the season as first choice but Debuchy is an excellent option to have should an injury or dip in form occur. 

AIREMEN UWAGBALE @UwaAiremen

Well, its hard to deny the young Spaniard his glory. Debuchy had a good start to his Arsenal career but several poor performances and a red card had already seen his place shaken before the injury wrecked his season. Up stepped the speedy Spaniard and boy did he perform.
Bellerin had a GREAT season culminating in that superb goal against Liverpool. The speedster has proven to be reliable defending and going forward. 

 JEFFERY OMAH @ Jefrie1804

Hmmm, this is the most difficult question that I’ve been asked for a long time now considering the precious experience Debuchy has and the raw talent of Hector. 

The unfortunate long term injury to Debuchy means that Arsenal had little to remember him for in his debut season. Though, Debuchy’s hugely impressive record in Ligue 1 and Newcastle means he’s a top defender on his day.

Hector Bellerin was a revelation last season, combining electrifying speed and excellent defending simultaneously, scoring 2 goals, assisting 1 and creating several goal scoring opportunities. Before last season, he was virtually an unknown Gunner but in breakthrough season, he has done enough to justify that he doesn’t deserve to start from the bench. Hector is at a sensitive stage of his career whereby he needs to be properly managed so, playing him from the bench would hinder this progress. At just 20 years of age, he might not boast of Debuchy’s wealth of experience but experience can only come mostly from playing regularly. For me, Hector should start come 2015/16 season.

MY VIEW
Debuchy is one of the unluckiest player this past season. Came to the club as a natural replacement for Sagna and was doing very well until that awkward injury, went out for three months, came back to the side, was playing very well and then had another three months injury, So he has not really had a decent run in the side, but then step up Bellerin, young Spanish full back who has done extremely well with his chance. The defence looks more balanced and we  have the extra bonus of his goals and pacy runs. Our very own Dani Alves. This would be hard for Wenger, but to continue the great form from the second half of the past season, Bellerin should be first choice. Sorry Debuchy.

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