Arsenal star on comeback trail and set to return for West Brom trip on Saturday
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Hector Bellerin is on course to return to the Arsenal team after the international break, Football Insider sources understand.
The 20-year-old Spaniard will be in contention for the trip to West Brom on Saturday after missing the last two matches with a groin injury.
He is back in training and is set to return to the squad along with fit-again duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey.
Arsene Wenger is expected to slot Bellerin straight back into the starting line-up, which could pave the way for the exit of Mathieu Debuchy.
The French right-back was told a fortnight ago by France manager Didier Deschamps that he needs to play regularly or leave the Gunners in the January window if he wants to play at Euro 2016.
Football Insider revealed on 19 October that Debuchy will ask for a winter transfer if he remains second choice to Bellerin.
Asked about being second in line to Bellerin, the 30-year-old said: “I am dealing with it. I am trying to stay strong. We are going to remain concentrated until December, after that I will see.”
Deschamps said last week: “Mathieu Debuchy is in a position where he is playing very little. He has a decision to make in December or January. He hasn’t lost his quality, he’s playing very little.”
Debuchy, who signed for Arsenal from Newcastle for an initial £8million in the summer of 2014, has watched from the sidelines as Bellerin has showed great promise since being fast-tracked into the first team at the end of last year.
The Arsenal star has spoken with Arsene Wenger about his predicament after losing his place in the France team ahead of Euro 2016, which takes place in his home country next summer.
It remains to be seen whether the Arsenal manager would grant Debuchy a departure, even on loan, in January.
Although Wenger tends not to rotate his defenders and although he has Calum Chambers and on-loan Carl Jenkinson as alternatives for the position, he values the Frenchman’s experience and will be hopeful that he can regain the form that made him France’s first-choice right-back at the 2014 World Cup.