After a bit of an injury scare last week, Hector Bellerin appears to be just fine as he played the full 90 minutes in Spain U21s 5-0 win over Estonia.
The Arsenal right-back had taken a bit of a clatter to the ankle against San Marino but was fit enough to play the full game for Albert Celades side.
With Arsenal short of right-back cover at the moment, it’s good news, but this is already Bellerin’s 11th game of the season (he’s played to the final whistle in almost all of them), and although he’s young and full of energy, at some point we’ll have to give him a rest.
Meanwhile, there was Arsenal involvment last night for France as Laurent Koscielny put in what was described as the ‘perfect’ centre-half performance in their 1-0 win over the Netherlands.
‘Koscielny: new dimension’, said L’Equipe, adding, “He probably signed his most accomplished performance in forty selections, prevailing in all areas of the game with a head of authority in the France team. We had to cover on the side of layvin kurzawa? Koscielny was there. We had to give the shoulder on Janssen, who had a tendency to mistreat Raphaël Varane? Koscielny was still there.
“We had to cut the balls of the head late in the game? Always present. He took arise to intercept another, in the first period, causing the opening goal Pogba (30th)? He, always him, him again. His ability to defend standing sense of anticipation and reading of the game were valuable assets to destroy the Dutch offensive.”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.