Bernd Leno explains the one thing that Arsenal are lacking so far
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Bernd Leno explains the one thing that Arsenal are lacking so far

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Goal quoted Bernd Leno’s thoughts from after the game against Tottenham on Sunday and the German was quick to highlight his side’s flaws.

Unai Emery’s side conceded two needless goals in the first half but the quality in attack showed as we came back to draw the game 2-2. Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ momentary lapse of concentration combined with Leno’s poor stop off Lamela’s shot gave the visitors an early lead.

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Granit Xhaka’s moment of madness gave them a penalty from which Kane converted easily. Leno, who pulled off a few incredible saves to keep the score to two, identified Arsenal’s key issue.

He said: “We can score against everybody but I think the key is always the balance with the defence. Because in the end that is the most important thing. The three players up top, with Pepe also there now, have unbelievable quality. They can score the big chances but also score from nothing.”

Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette were all involved in the goals with the former assisting Lacazette’s brilliant strike in the first half. The trio’s movement often caught Spurs stuck on their heels and we were unlucky to have scored just two goals.

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With an attack as good as the one we have, Leno is confident that the opposition will be wary of conceding and highlighted the chances we had against Liverpool last week.

“The other teams always know and have to be aware that we have a lot of dangerous players. That gives us big confidence. You can see the game against Liverpool. We had one or two chances to score when it was 0-0. So, we can score with our quality in that top three”, said Leno.

Like it has been for quite some time now, defensive frailties continue to cost Arsenal in the big games. The draw against Spurs, despite how well we did to come back from being two goals down, feels like a defeat. The right balance needs to be found soon and with the next game two weeks away, Emery has a ton of time to reflect onto things.

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