3 players that must improve after Arsenal’s loss to Manchester City

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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2. Hector Bellerin

Again, this was frustrating to see given Hector Bellerin was one of the more senior players in the team. He didn’t look like it at all, and in all honesty, he looked like a headless chicken at times.

I love Bellerin and I think he’s a superb player. I wouldn’t dream of signing another right back to kick him out the XI. However, there are times where he does test me and make me question whether he is a sure starter in this team.

I recall a time where I watched him being dragged from the right flank to the left flank, chasing a player in possession when it arguably should have been left to the midfielder. While luckily nothing came of it, the gap that he left in his position was truly frightening to see.

Bellerin didn’t provide anything at all to the attack either. This is to be expected given the flow of the game, but he allowed himself to be pinned back. Whenever there was an opportunity to run forward, it was left to Arsenal’s young guns so there’s no surprise that Arteta’s men couldn’t get a goal to themselves.

Arteta should have some stern words with Hector Bellerin and the Spaniard should do his best to listen to his countryman. It was a shocking collective performance, but Bellerin did nothing to help the case.