Former Liverpool star Steve Nicol has slammed Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka for for letting Kai Havertz take Arsenal's second penalty against Bournemouth at the weekend. The Gunners waltzed away from the Vitality Stadium 4-0 victors on Saturday afternoon to extend their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign.
Saka opened for the scoring for Arsenal after a quarter of an hour before Odegaard double his side's lead from 12-yards just before half-time. Then, just moments into the second-half, the north Londoners were awarded another penalty.
Rather than either of the goal-scorers adding to their tally, they handed Havertz the chance to finally score his first goal for the club. The 24-year-old, who signed a five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium in the summer, has struggled to impress since joining Arsenal from Chelsea and, low of confidence, he was given the opportunity to open his account.
Havertz buried his penalty before Ben White scored the Gunners' fourth and final goal of the afternoon in stoppage time. Speaking on ESPN after the game, Nicol believes that Odegaard and Saka should not have thrown the Germany international under the spotlight like they did.
«If Arsenal’s life depends on it – Saka takes it or Odegaard takes it,» said the former Liverpool defender. «Havertz doesn't take it. So at 2-0 the game's not over. It's a lack of professionalism.
»What happens if he misses it and Bournemouth get two late goals? That's not what you do. If you're the coach of a team and allow that things like that to happen, then it spreads into other things. You have to be precise. And orders are orders.
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