Bellerin relishing Debuchy battle

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Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is relishing facing off against Mathieu Debuchy for a spot in the starting line-up.

The young Spaniard broke into the first-team following a ankle injury to Debuchy last season, making 28 appearances in all competition as the Gunners won a second successive FA Cup crown, while finishing third in the Premier League.

Bellerin has kept his starting berth for the first two league outings this term, despite the Frenchman's return to fitness.

And the 20-year-old believes the competition for a starting place will help him improve even more.

"I think the competition in every single position in the team is really strong," he told the club's official website. "That's going to make the team train harder, perform better and grow as players.

"Even when you think you're going to play you need to train hard because otherwise it's on to the next one and you're going to be on the bench.

"I think it's very good and all the successful teams have that kind of battle in every single spot because that keeps you on your feet and makes you perform better.

"I know it's going to be difficult with Mathieu back now but I'm just going to keep training hard."