Harry Redknapp says he’s amazed this Arsenal player didn’t start against West Ham

Per Mertesacker

Arsenal failed to win against West Ham United in the Premier League at the weekend.

Harry Redknapp has suggested in The Telegraph that Per Mertesacker should have started for Arsenal against West Ham United in the Premier League at the weekend.

The German central defender was an unused substitute at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday afternoon, as Arsenal played out a 3-3 draw with West Ham in the London derby.

England international striker Andy Carroll scored all three goals for the Hammers, and former Tottenham Hotspur manager Redknapp has included him in his Premier League Team of the Weekend for The Telegraph.

The former West Ham boss has criticised Arsene Wenger’s decision not to start Mertesacker against the Hammers.

"I was amazed Per Mertesacker did not start for Arsenal at West Ham, and Andy Carroll bullied Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel at Upton Park,” Redknapp wrote in The Telegraph.

“Carroll is almost unstoppable when the ball is crossed into the box, and he could definitely be an option off the bench at the Euros if Roy Hodgson wanted one.”

Another West Ham player who finds himself in Redknapp’s Premier League Team of the Weekend for The Telegraph is Aaron Cresswell.

The defender played for the entire 90 minutes and gave a good account of himself against Arsenal. The 26-year-old left-back took two shots, had a pass accuracy of 73%, created two chances, put in four crosses, won 25% of his tackles and 33% of his tackles, and made three interceptions, three clearances and one block.

Crystal Palace duo Wayne Hennessey and Jason Puncheon, Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli, Bournemouth defender Steve Cook, Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leicester City pair Danny Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy, and Southampton striker Shane Long also make the team.

Harry Redknapp’s Premier League Team of the Weekend: Wayne Hennessey, Toby Alderweireld, Steve Cook, Aaron Cresswell, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Danny Drinkwater, Dele Alli, Jason Puncheon, Jamie Vardy, Andy Carroll, Shane Long

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