Lee Dixon takes dig at Mikel Arteta for his defence of Hector Bellerin

Hector Bellerin has been penalised for foul throws on five occasions this season
Hector Bellerin has been penalised for foul throws on five occasions this season (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Lee Dixon believes Mikel Arteta has more pressing matters for concern himself with than complaining to the Premier League over Hector Bellerin being penalised for a spate of foul throws.

Embarrassingly, the Arsenal right-back has been pulled up on five occasions already this season, but speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League fixture against Dundalk, Arteta aired his dissatisfaction and claimed the Spain international has been harshly treated.

He said: ‘I think it was really, really harsh. We sent the images to the Premier League because there have been many, many incidents, much worse than that but they were never [given as foul throws].

‘But we will keep working and making sure that we do the action properly of course.’

Dixon, who spent 14 years as a player at Arsenal, was dismayed by Arteta’s comments and suggested one of his former manager’s, George Graham, would have dealt with Bellerin’s issue in five minutes.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘The club, the team, Bellerin himself has bigger issues to concentrate on rather than throw-ins.

‘If I’d been a persistent offender at this under George Graham (I made a couple) he would have sorted me out in five minutes. ‘Do that again you little sh*t and I’ll fine you two weeks wages’.’

Bellerin has struggled with his all-round game this season and was again at fault for Son Heung-Min’s opening goal in last weekend’s north London derby defeat.

Speaking on the Handbrake Off podcast, Dixon added: ‘He’s literally got to press the reset button in all departments of his game, everything that he’s doing is out of sync and he’s got to go back to just sitting in that right-back position and letting the game be played in front of him.

‘As soon as you start looking over your shoulder you’re out of position you’re too late and he’s got away with it and now all of a sudden it’s coming home too roost again. He’s been out of form before.

‘He’s not come on like we all thought he would and that has to come down to either the coaching he’s getting or not getting or the fact he can’t take information on I don’t think that’s the case he’s an intelligent boy.

‘I could stop him over night [taking crap throw ins] If I was his coach he’d never make another one.’

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