Arsenal’s week went from bad to worse as Neal Maupay scored a last minute winner for Brighton to beat the Gunners 2-1 at the weekend, which means they have lost their first two games since the league returned.
A lot of players got criticised for their performances and former forward Tony Cascarino has slated Hector Bellerin, believing that his position is one that the Gunners need to strengthen as soon as possible.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Cascarino said: “Their right-back position is a problem. Hector Bellerin is not a good right-back for me. He’s quick, he’s pleasing on the eye. I don’t think he’s a great defender, I never have done.
“But who’s putting pressure on him? [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles has become a sort of wing-back, but he’s not going to do it.
“On the other side, they’re fine. [Bukayo] Saka can play left-back, [Kieran] Tierney can play left-back, no problem.”
It’s hard to disagree with the former striker here, Bellerin is the only natural right-back permanently at the club and it’s definitely a position they need to strengthen. They got Cedric Soares from Southampton in January, but it seems he will be leaving at the end of June and he has been nowhere near the starting eleven since he was signed.
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Meanwhile, Bellerin was given the lowest rating out of all the players to feature at the AMEX on Saturday as he received a meagre 6.2 score by SofaScore.
He lost possession 14 times, whilst winning just two out of nine ground duels. This poor performance has sadly been the Bellerin that Gunners fans have seen for a while now, as he has received a lot of criticism this season.
The £28.8m-valued Spaniard had a big injury, and hasn’t seemed to be at his best since, which will definitely be a worry for manager Mikel Arteta. Hopefully he can rekindle the quality he has shown in the past, but it should definitely be a position that the North London side look to strengthen in the upcoming transfer window.
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