Paul Robinson ‘felt sorry’ for West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell against Arsenal.
The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 31-year-old was up against an “outstanding” Bukayo Saka and a Callum Chambers who “looked like prime Cafu”.
Arsenal staged a stunning comeback to draw from 3-0 down at the London Stadium on Sunday, and all three of the visitors goals came down Cresswell’s side.
The left-back, who has been ever-present for David Moyes’ side in the Premier League this season, had a torrid afternoon.
He won just 17 per cent of his duels and failed to find a teammate with any of his six attempted crosses. (Sofascore)
When asked for his assessment of Cresswell’s performance, Robinson told Football Insider: “It was a very difficult afternoon for him, a bad day at the office.
“I think it is important to factor in that he was up against Saka, and we all know how outstanding a talent he is, and a Callum Chambers, who in all honesty looked like prime Cafu.
“Chambers was man of the match for me. He caused Cresswell an awful lot of problems down that side.
“I felt sorry for Cresswell, I think it was more a case of great attacking play down that flank from Arsenal than him being particularly poor.”
Cresswell has been one of the Hammers’ standout performers this season.
He has contributed seven assists in his 29 Premier League appearances, having played as a left-sided centre-half for nearly half of those games.