Gary Neville claims Arsenal man cannot be trusted

Date published: Monday 2nd September 2019 11:18

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Gary Neville has questioned Arsenal’s new defence and believes that goalkeeper Bernd Leno cannot be trusted.

Leno was at fault after he palmed a shot from Erik Lamela into the path of Christian Eriksen who tapped home from close range to fire Tottenham ahead.

Harry Kane’s penalty put Spurs 2-0 after Granit Xhaka’s rash challenge in the box, but Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replied to make it 2-2.

Sky Sports pundit Neville was critical of Arsenal’s back four of Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, David Luiz and Sead Kolasinac, and he also claimed that German keeper Leno is a long way bedind the top keepers in the Premier League.

Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, he said: “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.

“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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