News broke earlier that Hector Bellerin would be missing from tomorrow night’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
The young Spaniard picked up a knock, described by Arsene Wenger as ‘short term’, meaning he won’t be risked ahead of the North London derby on Sunday. It also means a chance for Mathieu Debuchy who has had to spend most of this season on the bench.
In the games he has played he has struggled for form, something he explained earlier this year by admitting he was the kind of player who needed a run of games to be at his best.
With Bayern dangerous down their left through Douglas Costa, the Frenchman will have his work cut out for him, but Wenger is confident that his experience will stand him, and the team, in good stead.
“Debuchy will play and I’m confident,” said the Arsenal manager. “I trust Debuchy, he is a 100 per cent educated player in the box and in training.
“Fortunately he played a full game against Sheffield Wednesday and physically he should be well.”
Is it worth pointing out that similar backing for Joel Campbell ahead of the Swansea game did the Costa Rican no harm, and it’s pretty obvious that Debuchy is capable of much better. Let’s hope tomorrow night he can show it.