TalkSPORT pundit suggests Arsenal might have made a big error letting their £16m man leave
TalkSPORT pundit Darren Bent believes the number of Arsenal players Mikel Arteta moved on is now costing the Gunners.
With the race for Champions League qualification intensifying, the Gunners look to be faltering at the worst possible time.
Back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Brighton have threatened to derail Arsenal’s quest for Champions League qualification.
After starting the season with three straight defeats and no goals scored, Arteta’s men weren’t really fancied to finish in the top four.
But due to Manchester United’s demise and Tottenham’s original inconsistencies under Antonio Conte, an opportunity presented itself.
However, with injuries to the likes of Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, Arsenal’s decision to let several senior players leave the club has been called into question.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Bent believes that Arsenal’s “thin” squad is struggling to cope with the injuries and that Arteta should have kept hold of a couple players for situations that the Emirates side currently find themselves in.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Bent said: “When you look at who Arsenal let go: Maitland-Niles, Balogun, Kolasinac, Calum Chambers. I mean, just hold on to a couple of them.
“I know these guys might not necessarily play. But when your squad’s as thin as it is, you just need strength in depth.
“And right now, Arsenal don’t have that. Partey and Tierney, big, big misses. So, I guess, Arsenal have only got themselves to blame.”
In the January transfer window, the North Londoners allowed Pablo Mari, Sead Kolasinac, £16m signing Callum Chambers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to leave the club.
There were no incomings at the Emirates during the winter window and Arsenal being light on numbers could end up having a huge bearing on their faltering Champions League bid.