A member of the Gunners’ first team squad has admitted that his place in the starting eleven is currently occupied by a man in better form.

Arsene Wenger’s squad has often been criticised for lacking depth in recent seasons but this year’s list of players to choose from is longer than usual, especially after the direct addition of four more new players during the summer.

The right-back position is a clear example of Arsenal’s new wealth of options with Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy all available as back-up to Hector Bellerin.

After being handed a rare start on Tuesday as he made his return from a long injury lay-off, Jenkinson has acknowledged the fact that it would take some effort to beat Bellerin to the starting role.

“I hope I still have a role to play, we will see won’t we?” the 24-year-old said after the 2-0 win over Reading

“I have just got to keep grafting away, stay fit and play as much as I can and when I get opportunities I have got to take them.

“I have got my foot in the door, played against Reading and hopefully I can play in the next round and get some opportunities here.

“Hector has been fantastic so far and he rightly deserves to be playing regularly, he has been brilliant so it is up to me when I get chances to play as well as I can and push him as well as I can.”

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