Arsenal legend Martin Keown has criticised Bernd Leno for his part in the farcical goal the Gunners conceded in their Premier League game today.
Mikel Arteta’s charges were held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley in a controversial and frustrating day for the visitors.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring early on after latching on to Willian’s pass, carving his way into the box and firing home.
However, the Clarets were gifted an equaliser, with Leno playing a short ball out to an under-pressure Granit Xhaka.
The midfielder’s subsequent attempt at a crossfield pass resulted in the ball ricocheting off Chris Wood and going into the back of the net.
While Keown acknowledge that Xhaka was at fault, he pointed the finger at the £100,000-a-week keeper too for failing to clear the danger.
“It’s a calamity, the goal they concede trying to play out from the back,” Keown told BT Sport, as transcribed by Metro.
“It’s about making the right decisions, the manager said he far from happy about the team’s performance and said stop giving silly goals away and this was another one.
“This ball should be launched by the goalkeeper. Okay, Granit gives it away and he shouldn’t, it is his mistake. But don’t give it to him.
“You have got to recognise when the opposition is right on top of you. I think Leno should go long there.
“He doesn’t, and the worst nightmare happens, Xhaka gives away yet another goal… you cannot do that and expect to go up the table.”
A dreadful afternoon for Arsenal, who missed out on two points through a combination of a defensive mistake, wasteful finishing and, of course, VAR.
The Gunners can deliver superb displays on their day but other times they’re simply not good enough and there’s a lot of work for Arteta to do on the training ground and in the transfer market.