Danny Murphy: Hector Bellerin was a big miss for Arsenal against West Ham


The BBC pundit feels the Gunners needed the 20-year-old for attacking impetus out wide, as they were too narrow against the Hammers.

Danny Murphy believes Hector Bellerin was a big miss for Arsenal against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, according to BBC Sport.

Such is the impact Alexis Sanchez has in north London, you would expect every pundit to immediately sing the Chileans's name when asked who was missing for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

But Murphy singled out Bellerin's absence as a huge loss against West Ham, as Arsenal were forced to go too narrow as a result of Mathieu Debuchy filling in for him.

Indeed, the BBC pundit said on Match of the Day: "You’ve got [Santi] Cazorla who wants to play central. You have [Aaron] Ramsey who wants to play central.

"[Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is the only natural wide player but he didn’t have Bellerin today. He was a big miss. Because Debuchy just wasn’t at it."

Debuchy, of course, struggled in terms of fitness, as the Frenchman has only recently become available again after injury.

But Arsenal were certainly far too narrow, with Murphy and fellow MOTD pundit Jermaine Jenas highlighting a number of segments where West Ham's defence were simply not stretched at all.

It's just phenomenal how important Bellerin has become at 20 and, the more he plays, the more the full-back will continue to develop. He has the pace, he can attack and, if Debuchy isn't careful, he'll be under serious threat from the youngster even when fully fit.

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