Jamie Carragher has had his say on Arsenal’s disastrous defending that led to West Ham United’s second goal at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
The Irons opened the scoring with a well-worked move and a glorious finish by Jesse Lingard in the 15th minute of the game. There wasn’t a lot Arsenal could’ve done for the first goal, but the one they conceded just a minute after could easily have been avoided.
The Gunners went to sleep after Bukayo Saka conceded a foul on Michail Antonio. Lingard took the freekick quickly and Jarrod Bowen smashed the ball past Bernd Leno.
Everything about that goal could have been avoided. There were mistakes from start to finish, but Carragher believes that Bernd Leno cannot blame anybody but himself for the goal that put Arsenal 2-0 down.
He said on Super Sunday on Sky Sports: “You talk about taking it quickly, he just takes it and goes. The goalkeeper cannot blame anyone. Whether it was a quick free-kick or the referee.
“When it’s your free-kick, you should have the advantage, whether Arsenal complain or not. But if Arsenal have got any complaints then it should be with the goalkeeper.
“Jarrod Bowen, on that side, very tight angle and goes through the keeper. Who’s looking at the ball. Maybe David Luiz and Odegaard are the only two looking at the ball. That’s shocking that. You learn that as a kid. You never turn away from the ball, especially in free-kick situations.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Mikel Arteta would’ve ideally liked his players to stop the first pass, but there was still a chance to keep the ball out of the net.
Bowen’s shot was powerful, but Leno really should have pushed the ball out. The German got himself in a fairly decent position, but his poor handling saw the ball squeeze past him him into the back of the net.
Leno would certainly have been disappointed and he will get stick for his handling. However, the players in front of him did not help him out one bit, and that really is frustrating at this stage of the season.