Hector Bellerin’s defensive frailties were “exposed” by Jack Grealish in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa, according to Kevin Campbell.
The Gunners have been praised for their solid displays this season under manager Mikel Arteta, but they were unravelled by Villa at the Emirates on Sunday.
Bukayo Saka’s own goal gave the visitors the advantage in the first half, before Ollie Watkins struck twice in quick succession to inflict a fourth Premier League defeat on Arsenal.
Watkins’ second goal came after Grealish burst from his own half into the final third and shrugged off the challenge of right-sided wing-back Bellerin to assist the striker’s effort.
Campbell singled out the Spaniard for criticism after the match by claiming he is “not a good defender” and was easily second best to Grealish on the night.
“Arteta was shocked by the performance and the way the team capitulated,” the former Gunners striker told Football Insider.
“Bellerin is not a good defender and he got exposed against Jack Grealish.
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“Grealish had the run of the Emirates down that left-hand side. You have to be able to defend against your winger one-on-one.
“Just getting back into your shape is not enough against ball-players like Grealish. Ball-players will play it around you and expose you and that is what Grealish and Barkley did. You have to affect the ball.”
Inside of Bellerin in Arsenal’s back line was Rob Holding, who featured as the right-sided centre-half in a three-man defence.
Holding was sidelined with a hamstring injury for much of October and Campbell could see why he might be “rusty”, but he admits there was no excuse for Bellerin’s poor display.
Campbell added: “Bellerin did not get much help though. You were hoping Rob Holding could but he is still coming back from injury. Ollie Watkins showed that Holding was still rusty.”
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