Arsenal legend David Seaman spoke to Sky Sports about his former side’s mistakes against Burnley and Olympiacos.
The Gunners dominated both games but managed to win just one. Mikel Arteta’s insistence of playing out from the back is increasing the anxiety levels among supporters, and the two goals we’ve conceded over the last six days show why.
Seaman, a top goalkeeper himself, was never asked to play out from the back. The modern game has made it a lot more difficult for the goalies, but the legendary Arsenal shot-stopper still believes that Bernd Leno should have done better in our last two games.
He said, as per The Metro: “For me, if I was in goal, I wouldn’t be giving that pass to Ceballos. Even in the game against Burnley, I wouldn’t have given it to Xhaka because you are giving it to a guy who is being marked like what happened then you are in trouble.
“Last night I see Leno making an angle for the ball but leaving his goal unattended. I was always taught that if a guy that’s going to give you a pass makes a mistake and you are out of your goal then it’s going to look bad on you.
“I think Leno has got to take quite a lot of responsibility for both passes and both goals but when it’s given to players like that you do expect them to make better control and better decisions with it.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Two costly mistakes while playing out from the back in two games is not a good look at all. The first one cost Arsenal two points, while the second could easily have made things so much more difficult than it should have been.
Leno has been one of our best players since he joined us. He has saved us time and again, and he is one of the biggest reasons why we’ve not been on the wrong end of a massive hammering this season.
Yes, the 29-year-old German could’ve done better for both goals, but so could Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka. What’s done is done now and hopefully, we will stop shooting ourselves in the foot in our upcoming games.