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Hector Bellerin believes the addition of Stephan Lichtsteiner this summer will help his Arsenal career, rather than threaten it.
Bellerin has been a mainstay on the right hand side of the Arsenal defence since bursting onto the scene in such impressive fashion back in 2014.
But his development has flatlined in the past 18 months and the summer arrival of Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus is seen by many as a direct threat to Bellerin’s place in the side.
But the former Barcelona man has welcomed the capture of the Switzerland skipper and insists it will help him improve as a player.
“I think it’s a great addition to the squad,” said Bellerin. “He’s a player with loads of top level experience and he can only help us.
“I can’t wait to learn from him. I think he’s a top defender, really solid and has a very good attacking sense as well.
“As a young player, it’s good to have someone like that I can learn from.”
Having missed out on the Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup, Bellerin has been able to play a full-part in Arsenal’s pre-season campaign as they adapt to life without Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman was the man who brought Bellerin over from the Camp Nou as a teenager and then handed him his opportunity in the first-team at the Emirates.
So it’s no surprise that the 23-year-old remains loyal to Wenger, but he also believes there are exciting times ahead in north London under Unai Emery’s watch.
“I think he [Emery] is a great coach,” said Bellerin. “He has great experience in Spain and he’s always played at the top level, even with teams that didn’t have the best players. He’s made them very competitive.”
Arsenal have just returned from their first pre-season tour under Emery and there were positive signs during their stay in Singapore.
The training sessions – which are being run by the club’s new head coach and his assistant Juan Carlos Carcedo – are very different to what the players had been used to under Wenger, with the emphasis focused far more on the tactical side of the game.
Emery is looking to instil an intensity into the team that has perhaps been lacking in recent seasons, with the players being drilled to press far higher up the pitch than in previous years.
For Bellerin it is something very new, but the Spaniard insists he is enjoying learning something different.
The right-back said: “It’s been very different for everyone [this summer].