The former Arsenal full-back has been impressed with the way the youngster has stepped in since last season and believes he will continue to improve in the first team
Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon believes Hector Bellerin will continue to improve following his impressive start to life as a first-team player.
The 20-year-old has displaced Mathieu Debuchy as Arsenal’s first-choice right-back and Dixon is confident the youngster will only get better as he gains more experience.
Debuchy was brought in to replace Bacary Sagna, who joined Manchester City in 2014, but has played only 12 Premier League games due to injury and Bellerin’s fine form.
“[Bellerin]’s taken his chance better than anyone thought,” Dixon told Arsenal’s official website.
“I was talking to [assistant manager] Steve Bould last season, when there were a few issues at right-back and who was going to play, and Hector hadn’t had his chance yet. But he got his chance through injury and he’s never looked back.
“He’s done way better than some people may have thought.
“Although he catches the eye because of his pace, which is astonishing when you see him in full flow, he’s learning the game and that’s the important thing. He’s still a young lad who has got a long way to go, but when you sit down and analyse his game on a weekly basis you see that he’s doing very well indeed.
“There are still areas of game that he does have to improve on but that’s only natural because he’s so young, but as long as he keeps learning – and being in the first team every week will help – he will continue to improve.”