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Jamie Redknapp has named Hector Bellerin as the player at fault for the goal that saw Bournemouth draw level with Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium.
The Gunners grabbed the opener after Jefferson Lerma put the ball back in his own net. Unfortunately, Unai Emery’s side were unable to hold onto their lead against the Cherries.
Eddie Howe’s hit the visitors on the break as Joshua King struck home the leveller. The north London have played 13 games in the Premier League under
Emery and they are still to take a lead into the second half.
On Sky Sports, ex-Liverpool captain Redknapp defended Iwobi and highlighted the Arsenal player he believed was to blame for Bournemouth’s goal.
“It’s really sloppy, and there’s a player I want to highlight and it’s Hector Bellerin,” he said. “All Hector Bellerin has to do is run back in a straight line as quickly as he can – and he is quick, but for me he doesn’t do enough.
“All of a sudden, David Brooks kicks into another gear, he shifts up the pitch. Hector Bellerin now thinks, ‘Maybe I should get back a little bit quicker?’ But that time, it’s too late and we’re talking about two yards.
“If he made an initial sprint back there’s absolutely no doubt they would have stopped that goal. I know he’s a right-back, but sometimes you have to run back in a straight line and I think that sums up Arsenal.”
Bellerin has been one of Arsenal’s top performers under Emery this season.
“They are coaches with a completely different mindset and ways of working,” the right-back told Premier League Today back in October.
“They both are great managers who will help you improve. Under Wenger I became the player that I am today because he’s the guy that signed me at 16.
“I owe him a lot and all the time I spent here he made me play so much even when I was really young. Those are things you owe him back.
“Now with Emery it’s more about following the process of becoming a professional footballer. I’m still really young. Personally it’s more about improving tactically now and taking experiences game by game.
“The coaching staff are really good. They have people who analyse the game to the detail, for that it is important to listen to them and improve every game.
“The environment we’ve been living in since the new coaching staff started is very positive. The whole mentality that he’s instilled in the dressing room is a winning one, a hard working one.