Leno left frustrated by missed opportunity

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Bernd Leno says Arsenal’s failure to beat Sp*rs was frustrating as the Gunners settled for a 1-1 draw at Wembley.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a golden opportunity to secure all three points when he won a penalty in the final minute only for Hugo Lloris to save the striker’s spot-kick.

We were good value for our half time lead, given to us by Aaron Ramsey on 16 minutes, but were pegged back by Harry Kane’s late penalty, awarded by referee Anthony Taylor for a shove by Mustafi on the England captain even though he was offside.

“It is very frustrating because we conceded a late goal and also had chances to score with the penalty,” Leno told Arsenal.com.

“We were a bit unlucky but that’s football. The first half was good and the second was not our best game, and the equaliser was deserved for Tottenham but in the end we had the chance to [win it].

“I think it was a very good spirit we showed, especially away we don’t always play like today but don’t need only spirit against team like Spurs, you need it in all the away games.

“We have to look forward to the other away games, they are the key to getting a top-four place.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s clash with Manchester United, Leno went on, “Our confidence is very big because we are still in a good moment, we played well against a strong team, especially in the first half when we controlled the game.

“Next week we have another big home game against Man United that we want to win against another team who wants to get into the top four.”

Leno can be pleased with his efforts in goal today, which included an amazing double stop to deny Cristian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko, although he admits, he didn’t know much about the situation.

“I don’t know what happened, everything was so quick,” he said. “Sissoko shot, I didn’t see the ball, I just reacted: I think the best saves are always those when you don’t quite know what happens!”

You can see how we rated Leno’s day in the office, here.

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my name is bob
my name is bob

He’s getting better and better every single game…

I should also mention that Harry Kane is a toadstool

COYG

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

or just stool

Badaab
Badaab

toad’s stool.

Hantal
Hantal

Just a tool

78/79/80
78/79/80

or toad’s tool

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

If you have ever stooled out a toad….

Mpls
Mpls

Hairy Stain ‘s the name of that load…

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

Mustafi, Abu, and Emry let us down.
Mustafi clumsy fker
Abu poor and weak penalty kick
Emry bringing on Ozil when we are 1-0 up with 20 min to go….

Martin
Martin

It’s Emery. I agree he put on Ozil too late but cannot see why you blame him when he got the tactics exactly right.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

too late …are you fucking kidding me…??
he was a total passenger. the game demanded him not being played at all.
it demanded physicality, areal play, tackling ….etc
all of which he did do shit at.

Badaab
Badaab

I know, lets bring on a kid to see out an important game against the rivals, play them in an unfamiliar position, and expect results!
OR…
Bring on an experienced international into his favored position.

martin
martin

We all know you hate our most creative player. He was involved in a few moves but of course you will always scapegoat him.

kaius
kaius

It’s not that some of us hate Özil.

It’s people’s stubborn insistence, even after a magnificent team performance, on bitching about whether Özil should’ve started, or come on earlier or whatever.

So fucking boring. And very disrespectful to the guys who did the heavy lifting today.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

I don’t hate him at all. But I don’t rate him as much as many of his fans. What I hate is the toxic atmosphere created when he’s rightly left out of unsuitable games for his attributes.

Dobby
Dobby

Imagine criticising the fucking manager after this game…

Flummoxed
Flummoxed

Yeah emery got his shit spot on. I was proud of the team tactically today. Gambled a bit in the first half and it came off brilliantly. Mentally I treat todays performance as a win.

A Different George
A Different George

I know that almost no one will agree–but I still would have liked to see both Lacazette and Aubameyang starting, instead of Iwobi. I think they would have run Trippier off the park, overwhelmed Wanyama (even more than Ramsey and Guendouzi did without them), and we would have won the game by half time.

Caligunner
Caligunner

I could see why you would say that. I was thinking the same thing. 1-0 lead why not bring on someone who can grind it out at that point with 20 min left? Why didn’t he have elneny in the bench for this occasion instead of having 2 LB on the roster? Whomever came on for Ramsey wouldn’t have made a difference with the penalty so it didn’t matter. Being tied 1-1 and not having ozil on the pitch would have sucked.

Flummoxed
Flummoxed

Exactly. Ozil being on the pitch gave us a good chance at a winner rather than suddenly needing a defensive side to create something from nothing.

Rob67
Rob67

That was a brilliant double save today. All credit to him. If we can mould a defence quartet in front of him this summer and get the settled backline we need, he’ll get better still.

Sue

We’re all frustrated Leno!

Leon
Leon

And you are not used to it?
Its the defence that lets this club down.
If you can call it a defence…

USGoonet
USGoonet

Defense didnt let us down today. Terrible refereeing let us down

martin
martin

Except today they defended brilliantly so give credit where it’s due.

Flummoxed
Flummoxed

Defense was fantastic today dude

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I have to say I was really pleased with the performance overall. Good performance away vs top 6, a few fuckups and some shit officiating not withstanding.

Should have scored 3 or 4 goals and they shouldn’t have had any.

Just a shame about the result.

Leon
Leon

I just hate Mustafi.
Not a single positive thing I can think of to say about him.
Offers nothing except calamity and incompetence.
Sooner he is sold the better for Arsenal.
God fucking awful player.
Would be more use if he was long term injured…

Vince
Vince

Dude, don’t wish that. He is human just like you, how would you feel if someone wished that to you? However much he fvcks up, I don’t wish him to get injured. I just wish he is sold ASAP.

SwissArse

He’s not all bad. He scores goals too.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

He’s had some good games recently tbf but you can never escape from the feeling he’s going to drop you in it again

Dobby
Dobby

Exactly. Personally, I don’t hate Mustafi, I just think he needs to play elsewhere. Some of the vitriol spouted towards him is a bit much, he’s not good enough but I don’t doubt his commitment and he doesn’t pick himself.

Flummoxed
Flummoxed

How many time has kola gotten away with pushes far worse than that in the box. Blatant shit too. It’s just that this time it was that goddamn golden boy spuds mouth breather.

santori
santori

Fantastic double save today by Leno.

In the end opportunity cast away by us as we were decent for most of the match.

BUT we move on and the important thing is we look threatening so if we can prey on a “weakened” United next match, there are 10 games left and we are 4 points off Spurs.

Today was a case of lets win it because we can but if we don’t, then lets not drop two points. They are still very much in our sights and the aim should be STILL to finish above them in 3rd.

santori
santori

Two poor moments cost us today.

Been defending Mustafi but VERY VERY rash by him today in the box with this lot.

It was offside by a mile (a whole line of players) but we need to be more mindful of refereeing “over sight”.

Also whilst Mustafi wholely culpable, still not an excuse to go hysterical.

He wasn’t culpable for us losing or dropping points at BHA, Soton, Liverpool or West Ham.

And generally today in an unfamiliar position, he did decent.

The other issue of course was on the other end we did not capitalise on the amend the Ref was trying to make with us.

Auba ‘earned’ the poor decision but was too casual with it. Would have been massive had we scored the penalty, a real sucker ponch for them.

BUT its done so we need to put it behind us and move on very quickly, take the positives.

We have 10 matches left and United up next (not to mention europa)

We need to challenge this frustration into those matches and truly put things away.

We have had issues at the back with or without Mustafi. BUT we do ourselves no favours if we are not tucking opportunities laid out on a silver plate for us.

santori
santori

We know Spurts have Liverpuddle and Schitty away still to come. That’s potentially 6 points.

Our toughest match will be against United. It will be another ‘final’ we need to win with 4 points adrift off of the great pretenders.

Lacazette, Aubameyang have to be SHARP. Not let opportunities be squandered.

Regardless of soft goal against us, we had opportunities to do damage and win it today but we are simply too slack. We need to put them away.

Tim
Tim

That double save was world class. Leno has been quietly comfortable as our number 1 and it’s lrovably a testament to his solidity that he hasn’t really been talked about since taking over from Cech. No glaring errors or critical mistakes. He’s been solid but not overly inspiring either, but this game really showed what he is capable of and what he could become. That save was absolutely fantastic – I understand that he may not have seen a lot of the ball and was perhaps instinctive but he also palmed in right over the bar which needed some serious strength. Brilliant bit of keeping. Hopefully he can build on this and continue to cement his spot there, because we could use that consistency