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Kevin Campbell believes Hector Bellerin was ‘exposed’ by Jack Grealish in Arsenal’s 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Aston Villa.
Bellerin, who Campbell says is ‘not a good defender’, had a tough night at the Emirates as Grealish put on a show and was shrugged off effortlessly by the England international before he slid in Ollie Watkins to put the away side 3-0 up.
That was Watkins’ second of the night and Campbell thinks the Villa frontman – who was signed in a £28million deal from Brentford in the summer – showed that Rob Holding was still ‘rusty’ after his return from injury.
But Bellerin had no such excuse and his defensive frailties were laid bare, according to Campbell, for all to see.
“Arteta was shocked by the performance and the way the team capitulated,’ Campbell told Football Insider. ‘Bellerin is not a good defender and he got exposed against Jack Grealish.
‘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.
‘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.’