Hector Bellerin hoping to keep Arsenal place despite Mathieu Debuchy return
Hector Bellerin is determined to stay in the Arsenal starting XI despite Mathieu Debuchy's return to fitness.
Debuchy, 29, was signed last summer from Newcastle as a replacement for Bacary Sagna, who left for Manchester City.
But the France international's debut season at Emirates Stadium has been disrupted by two long-term injuries, restricting him to just 10 Premier League starts.
In his absence, Bellerin has steadily impressed under manager Arsene Wenger, who labelled him "one surprises of the season" after the 20-year-old scored his second goal for the club in Saturday's 4-1 win over Liverpool.
Bellerin said in the Daily Telegraph: "Every single minute you play helps you a lot and gives you experience.
"I am happy that now, after not so good performances in the beginning, the coach has still put confidence in me and given me minutes.
"The chances always come through injuries, which is not a nice thing. Now we are going to have Debuchy back and I am happy for him, but when you get your chance, you need to do the best you can. I have done my best to take this opportunity.
"The back-up of the players we have makes you look good as well. They have helped me since the beginning and are my family.
"They have been young players as well so they help you in everything they can. They make you feel like one more in the dressing room.
"We are lucky in this club, we young players get the opportunities and it is important when you get them that you need to take them."
The former Barcelona youth player added in The Times: "We are all a team. I can't single out players who have helped. They have all helped me since the beginning. They are my family.
"I feel really comfortable right now, like one more in the team and that is something you need if you really want to understand [your team-mates] in the game.
"Every single minute you play is like training. It helps you a lot. It gives you experience. I was a winger in my younger career, so the thing I have tried to improve on is my defending. It gives you the confidence when you have players around you who can help. That has probably improved me the most."