Rio Ferdinand says Mikel Arteta could begin to have doubts over ‘rash’ Gabriel Magalhaes after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with West Ham.
The Gunners appeared to be on course to restore their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table as they took an early two-goal lead against the Hammers.
But David Moyes’ side were handed a way back when Gabriel brought down Lucas Paqueta inside Arsenal’s penalty area and Benrahma stepped up to convert the spot kick.
Bukayo Saka then wasted the chance to restore Arsenal’s two-goal advantage as he missed a penalty, and they were made to pay as Jarrod Bowen scored West Ham’s equaliser just minutes later.
‘I thought they [Arsenal] let themselves down,’ Ferdinand said on Vibe With Five.
‘They had the game in a stranglehold, they had West Ham where they wanted them, going into half time 2-0 up, you coast that game.
‘But rash… and I’ve said this about Gabriel a few times. He’s rash, he makes mad, wild decisions.
‘As a defender you’ve got to be calm. There’s no need for him to do what he did.v‘It was a rush of blood, he needs to eradicate that, get that out of his game quick.
‘As a manager you don’t want to see that. Because those types of things ruin the head too many times, it starts becoming part of their make-up, and you’re going, ‘hold on, can I rely on this guy?’.
‘I think he’s had a fabulous season, Gabriel. But those types of decisions can be very costly, he’s in the run-in now.
‘That will hurt, the way they dropped points.’