Neville ‘doesn’t trust’ Leno, hits out at Arsenal’s back-line

Date published: Monday 2nd September 2019 9:12

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Gary Neville doesn’t think Bernd Leno is “anywhere near the class of the other top goalkeepers” in the Premier League after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham on Sunday in the north London derby.

The German keeper was at fault for the opening goal of the match when he could only push Erik Lamela’s shot into the feet of Eriksen, who tapped home from point-blank range.

Harry Kane added another before half-time from the penalty spot before Arsenal staged a second-half comeback thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“Today you talk about the threat, the intensity, good parts of the game, you still have to mention the fact that they look sloppy and rash at the back,” Neville told the Gary Neville Podcast after the match.

“We talked about the goalkeeper’s mistake, I don’t quite trust him, I don’t think he’s anywhere near the class of the other top goalkeepers we have in the league.

“The two centre-backs, they’re rash. You could argue that Hector Bellerin’s got to come back in, that Rob Holding’s got to come back in, Kieran Tierney’s got to come back in. So that back four can be strengthened.

“But you still fear that that back four will always still not be good enough for where Arsenal want to be, and they somehow from somewhere need to unearth a centre-back that’s going to hold that back-line together.

“So I think there’s still the fear for Arsenal that they look like they’re all over the place at the back when they have good players against them.

“We saw today Tottenham created many chances on the counter-attack, whereas the really good teams and top teams they manage the counter-attack, they sustain their own attack and they don’t allow teams to counter-attack on them very often – City and Liverpool in particular.”

 

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