Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had to mix things up in the right-back position throughout the course of the season, but who deserves to hold down a position in his side when everyone is fit?
Let's take a look at the potential players that could operate in the role:
The summer signing from Newcastle has featured only ten times in the league since his arrival, mainly due to two three month spells on the sidelines.
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He has just returned from his latest injury, a shoulder problem suffered against Stoke in January, but could face a problem trying to dislodge his replacement, Hector Bellerin, from the right back position. He has international experience with France, and has proved himself at Lille, winning the French title, and Newcastle, after joining midway through the 2012-13 season.
He has scored once this term for the Gunners, against Liverpool, but bringing him back into the side now could disrupt the defence.
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Another summer signing, Chambers has already played in three different positions for Arsenal, featuring at right back, centre back and in defensive midfield.
The 20-year-old has played 22 games in the league this season, also scoring once, against Burnley in a 3-0 win at the Emirates. He has started at right back in the Gunners’ last two fixtures, with Bellerin dropping to the bench. He has strength and height, but does lack pace.
Pace is something that Bellerin does have in abundance. The Spaniard has impressed when selected this season, coming out of nowhere to fill the void left by Debuchy’s injury and giving Arsene Wenger a real selection dilemma.
Also on one goal this season, scoring in the 5-0 win against Aston Villa, the 20-year-old’s first game this season was away to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage (he had only ever played once for Arsenal before, in a League Cup tie against West Brom last season). Despite the 2-0 loss to Dortmund, Bellerin shone and has continued to do so this year.
Arsenal’s forgotten man, Jenkinson in enjoying a fruitful spell on loan at fellow Premier League club West Ham United. The former Charlton player spent last season as understudy to Bacary Sagna, but did manage to collect his first goal for the Gunners on the final day against Norwich City.
His performances for West Ham this year cannot be ignored, and whilst they may be interested in a permanent deal, Arsene Wenger may have other plans.
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