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Arsenal To Start 19-Year-Old Defender As Injuries Mount Up

With Matheiu Debuchy ruled out through injury, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to start 19-year-old full back Hector Bellerin as Callum Chambers is also ruled out with an injury.

Arsenal face Dortmund tonight for the third consecutive year and the Gunners now have a number of injuries to deal with. Callum Chambers is set to miss the game with tonsilitis and left Back Nacho Monreal is also missing through injury.

Arsene Wenger is now set to to take a gamble with 19-year-old full back Hector Bellerin. Wenger spoke about the young Spanish full back at his pre-match press conference.

“He’s not fazed by the pressure. That’s important when you’re a young boy. He lacks a bit of experience but he’s very dangerous.”

Just last month Theo Walcott admitted that the 19-year-old broke his 40m sprint record at the club.

“Me! Thierry is in his 30s now so I would be very disappointed if I didn’t beat him. I beat his sprint record which Hector [Bellerin] has now broken.”

The 19-year-old Spaniard started his career at the famed La Masia academy with FC Barcelona. The Gunners snapped up the player as a 16-year-old in the summer of 2011.

The full back is now arguably the fastest player in Arsenal’s history and has featured most recently with Spain’s U19 side that failed to secure qualification to the European Championships this summer.

Bellerin went on loan to championship side Watford last year making eight appearances in a short term deal. The full back previously featured as a right winger in the Barcelona academy and is highly regarded for his attacking ability. It is however his defensive attributes that need to improve and at only 19 he has time to develop.

Bellerin made his debut for the Gunners in a League Cup tie against West Brom last year, and was on the bench for a number of Premier League games at the back-end of the Premier League season.

The 19-year-old is now set to be thrown into the rigours of the Champions League and will be relieved that German star Marco Reus is ruled out through injury.

Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.

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