Hector Bellerin is relishing next season’s battle with Mathieu Debuchy for Arsenal’s right-back spot.
The Frenchman was Arsene Wenger’s first-choice right back at the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign but his injury led to Bellerin being handed his Champions League and Premier League debuts.
The youngster did not disappoint, making 28 first-team appearances in an exciting breakthrough season, and the Spain under-21 defender is determined to push on this season.
"Last year I got more minutes than I thought and I think I showed people that I could play there"
“My personal goal is to keep working hard and hopefully challenge for the right-back spot,” he told Arsenal Player. “Last year I got more minutes than I thought and I think I showed people that I could play there.
“This year Mathieu is back from injury and hopefully it will be a big friendly battle in between us, and that’s going to make us better players by competing against each other. Then it’s down to the boss.
“You need to analyse yourself, things that you can do better, things that you shouldn’t do anymore and things that you need to keep doing. Definitely what you need to keep doing is working hard.
“When you work hard and you are confident, things always go the right way. That’s always been my philosophy since day one, so I’ve just got to keep doing that because at the moment it’s giving me a good result.”