Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has claimed that Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are not good enough for Arsenal.
The Gunners have endured a torrid start to the new campaign, losing 2-0 to newly-promoted Brentford before suffering the same scoreline at the hands of their London rivals Chelsea.
This was compounded on Saturday afternoon as Mikel Arteta’s men were outclassed from minute one by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, losing 5-0 after Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka received a red card for a first-half two-footed challenge on Ferran Torres.
Now, Nicholas has lamented the aforementioned trio, admitting he is bemused by how they are all still at the Emirates Stadium.
“Rob Holding, as honest as the day is long, but I am sorry, he is not good enough to be a main principle consistent centre-back for Arsenal”, Nicholas told The Arsenal Lounge.
“How we have persisted with Hector Bellerin for so long is beyond me.”
Holding was extremely poor against City, often losing Torres in the box despite the Spaniard being considerably shorter and slighter in build
Meanwhile, football.london understands that Bellerin is set to leave the club in the coming hours, with a move to Spanish outfit Real Betis, who he supported as a youngster, on the cards.
The Spanish full-back made 239 appearances for the Gunners, notching nine goals and 29 assists in the process.
Bellerin was a crucial cog in three FA Cup triumphs for the north Londoners, starting in all three of the 2020, 2017 and 2015 finals.
The 26-year-old’s departure will mean every member of the squad from the 2015 triumph has since left the club, with former German international Per Mertesacker returning to coach in the academy set-up.
Source by Football London