BBC pundit picks two Arsenal stars in team of the week, criticises Wenger

Garth Crooks had praise for Arsenal duo Hector Bellerin and Joel Campbell.

Garth Crooks selected two Arsenal stars in his BBC Team of the Week, but also had criticism for manager Arsene Wenger.

The former forward picked out Hector Bellerin and Joel Campbell after their performances in the 3-0 away win over Swansea City.

He even suggested the duo could go onto link up with one another more regularly - which is at least a possibility while Theo Walcott is injured.

Crooks said: "The two linked up very effectively down Arsenal's right-hand side. In fact there was a moment in the game where Campbell tried to play Bellerin in on goal but unfortunately for the full-back the ball was intercepted. Bellerin and Campbell look like they have the makings of a useful partnership."

Campbell scored his first ever competitive goal for Arsenal in the victory, and could be in line for a start against Bayern Munich in the week.

He featured in the loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup last week, but manager Arsene Wenger kept faith in him.

Crooks however felt that Wenger should have put even more trust in the Costa Rica international even sooner, stating that he could not understand why he did not pick him sooner.

He added: "For Arsene Wenger to announce to the world, 'it's now or never' for Campbell, shows an overwhelming scepticism from the Arsenal manager.

"Perhaps after such an impressive performance against the Swans, Wenger might ignore the overtures from some of his more established stars, some of whom appear physically fragile and who keep breaking down because of injury, and give Campbell an extended run."

The criticism may be partly valid, but Wenger's choice of words was likely a motivational technique designed to inspire Campbell.

If so then it worked, and it will have done wonders for his confidence. Campbell can now finally feel like he belongs at Arsenal and it is his club, after going on four different loan spells.

One goal does not mean he has made it, but it provides a platform, and a match winning performance against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena really would turn his career around.

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