Rio Ferdinand informs Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to fire a “wild” player.
After his ‘rash’ challenge gave West Ham the lifeline they needed in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday, Mikel Arteta, may fire the ‘wild’ defender Gabriel. When the Gunners had a two-goal lead and Gabriel’s challenge on Lucas Paqueta resulted in a penalty. Benrahma duly converted it to start the Hammers’ comeback.
With just 10 minutes remaining in the game, goals from Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard gave Arsenal a commanding two-goal lead. They seemed poised to maintain their advantage at the top of the Premier League. However, the situation changed when Coote awarded a penalty after Gabriel accidentally clipped fellow Paqueta inside the penalty area.
Rio Ferdinand, a former defender for Manchester United, believes Arsenal ‘let themselves down’ by allowing West Ham back into the game. Bukayo Saka missed a penalty for Arteta’s team moments before Jarrod Bowen scored an equalizer at the other end in the 54th minute. When asked about Arsenal, Ferdinand said: “I thought they (Arsenal) let themselves down.
“You coast that game,” said the referee, “they had West Ham where they wanted them and the game in hand.” Ferdinand had a message for Arsenal manager Arteta about what Gabriel urgently needs to fix. Ferdinand assisted Manchester United in winning six league titles as well as the Champions League.
“I’ve said this about Gabriel a few times,” he continued. He makes hasty, irrational decisions. As a defender, you must maintain composure. He didn’t need to act in the manner that he did.
It was a blood rush. He needs to get that out of his game immediately. Ferdinand has expressed doubts about the 25-year-old Gabriel’s mentality. Ferdinand also wonders how much head coach Arteta can rely on the defender during a tight title race with Manchester City. Ferdinand also suggests that Arteta may have second thoughts about choosing Gabriel in his starting lineup moving forward.