Arsenal legend Tony Adams has called on his former club to sell Hector Bellerin as links with Barcelona grew louder.
The £25.2m-rated defender seems to have fallen out of favour in recent games with manager Mikel Arteta favouring Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Speaking to Stadium Astro, the former club captain believes the Spaniard should be replaced due to his inconsistencies.
Adams said: “The biggest thing for me, I think we need a right-back,to be honest with you. Hector has been inconsistent for me this season. Holgate and Godfrey, the whole back four won the game for Everton – and rock-solid.” (via Stadium Astro)
Should Arsenal replace Hector Bellerin?
I think I agree with the Englishman.
As much as I love Bellerin, his inconsistencies really are coming to the fore. It’s amazing a player can go from performing so well at the start of the campaign to being on the verge of leaving the club if you believe The Mirror.
It seems the Spain international struggles with the simple demands of a right-back with the ace failing to legally complete a throw-on. In just 15 games across all competitions this season, the former Barcelona academy star has completed five foul throws, a staggering feat.
Then there’s the small thing surrounding his defensive ability. Time and time again against Tottenham Hotspur, Heung-Min Son caught the right-back out as he had a field day down Arsenal’s right. His superb strike into the top corner summed up Bellerin with the defender chasing him down as the Korean bared down on goal.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has shown in recent games that he is the player to take the club forward on the right. The Englishman possess better recovery pace and general defensive ability than his competitor.
With Arsenal undertaking a ‘cultural overhaul’, Bellerin should be one of the victims of the said rebuild. His focus seems to be elsewhere recently and with Maitland-Niles proving a better option, it seems his time at N5 is numbered.