Arsenal vice-captain Hector Bellerin has been one of Mikel Arteta’s most trusted players this season.
The Spanish full-back has started all but two games in the Premier League so far this term. With four assists to his name in all competitions, he has had a fairly decent season, but his place is under serious threat now.
Cedric Soares has been immense for Arsenal in two of our last three games. The Portuguese international started at his natural right-back position against Newcastle United in the Premier League, and he was brilliant.
He had a poor game against Southampton in the FA Cup at left-back, but he turned it around in our league clash against the Saints on Tuesday with arguably his best ever performance in an Arsenal shirt.
If Kieran Tierney is fit for Saturday’s game against Manchester United, he will come straight back in. The Scotsman is one of our best players, and if he is available, he has to start irrespective how good Cedric was in the last game.
However, dropping Cedric out of the side completely would be really unfair. The former Saints man may not be the fanciest player in our squad, but he has shown he can do a good job when called upon.
Bellerin should be worried about his starting spot
Bellerin hasn’t been bad for us by any means. He has improved a lot this season under Arteta, and the Arsenal boss recently acknowledged that. He claimed that his compatriot is always ‘demanding’ to do more individual work, and that has helped him grow. (Football London)
He is our vice-captain for a reason and Arteta clearly trusts him. However, Cedric arguably offers us a lot more in the attacking third. His crossing is superior to Bellerin’s, and as he showed on Tuesday, he can switch the play to the other side of the pitch with a brilliant diagonal.
Despite yesterday’s defeat, Manchester United will be a tough team to face. Arsenal will have to be as good as we were at Old Trafford, if not better, and as difficult a decision as it will be, Arteta should consider handing Cedric a start at right-back over Bellerin if Tierney is back.