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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta defends Bernd Leno after error and praises Thomas Partey in Europa League win over Speedy Vienna


Oct 23, 2020
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta defends Bernd Leno after error and praises Thomas Partey in Europa League win over Rapid Vienna

Mikel Arteta leapt to the defence of Bernd Leno following his error in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Speedy Vienna.

The Gunners obtained their Europa League marketing campaign off to a successful begin because of objectives from David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Thursday night.

Leno struggled together with his toes in opposition to Speedy Vienna
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Nevertheless, they needed to do it the exhausting manner after Leno gifted Speedy Vienna a 51st-minute lead when his move was minimize out by Ercan Kara as Taxiarchis Fountas picked up the unfastened ball to punish the error.

The goalkeeper was virtually at fault for an additional aim when his clearance cannoned off Luiz and into the trail of Fountas, whose long-range effort was astray.

Arteta insists Arsenal will proceed to play out from the again, regardless of Leno’s struggles in Austria.

He mentioned: “We made it somewhat bit tougher with some selections we made and the aim we conceded, which if something is clearly my fault as a result of I demand that we do these issues.

“It is part of our recreation mannequin. We have to perceive after we can do it and after we ought to kick the ball to the stand.

“He [Leno] has the braveness to do it, now we have been very profitable at doing it as properly with the quantity of objectives now we have scored even in necessary video games.

Arteta strongly defended Leno in his post-match press convention
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“They’ll perceive higher and higher the kind of balls that now we have to play in these areas and in relation to the place the stress is coming and the kind of distances you may handle from the opponent.

“It’s one thing now we have to maintain engaged on as a result of if we need to play the best way I need to, it’s needed that the goalkeeper is concerned in our build-up play.”

Thomas Partey, who joined Arsenal in a £45million deal from Atletico Madrid on switch deadline day, made his full debut in opposition to Speedy Vienna.

Arteta was happy with the efficiency of his new signing, who made his Gunners bow as an 83rd-minute substitute in final weekend’s 1-Zero defeat at Man Metropolis.

“To be honest he appeared actually strong, actually snug,” the Spaniard added.

Partey performed the total 90 minutes for Arsenal
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“I feel he held the midfield by himself within the second-half as properly after we had been somewhat bit extra open and we began to take extra possibilities, attacking sure areas with some gamers.

“However I feel he was unbelievable tonight and there’s far more to come back from him clearly.

“Clearly we all know that with the value that we paid for him and the profile that he has, he’s going to have lots of people him in each single recreation.

“However it’s concerning the construction now we have as a crew, the circulation, the unity and the cohesion that we’d like in our crew and he’s one piece of that. Hopefully he’s an enormous piece.”