Martin Keown has questioned whether Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made the correct decision by allowing goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to leave the club.
Martinez recently earned a move to Aston Villa after filling in impressively for Bernd Leno late last season.
Indeed the Argentine has impressed, keeping three clean sheets in four games for Dean Smith’s side.
As for Leno, however, he has come back into the side and put in a shaky performance on Thursday.
The German cheaply gave the ball cheaply away in his own box to Rapid Vienna striker Taxiarchis Fountas, who dispatched to give the Austrians an early lead.
And, speaking on BT Sport‘s coverage of the Europa League clash, Keown questioned Martinez’s Gunners exit.
“Having let Martinez go, who was magnificent, to see Leno making these types of mistakes, you wonder whether it was the right call,” the pundit said (via the Daily Mirror).
“It was a difficult night for Leno. The team had their backs to the wall but showed very good character to get back into it.
“A couple of changes were made. I thought when they changed it actually and went to a back five, the pictures then became more familiar to the players and they found a way to win this match.”
Arsenal recovered from the one-goal deficit to win 2-1 in their opening group stage match. David Luiz’s header made it 1-1, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s tap-in put the visitors in front.
Aubameyang’s goal went some way to answering his critics. The Gabon striker had not scored in four matches before Thursday’s clash.
What’s more, he is likely to lead the line against Leicester on Sunday after coming on in the second half.
Arteta offers advice to Leno
Meanwhile, Arteta insisted that Leno must learn “when to kick it into the stands” after his costly error.
Indeed, the Spanish manager said that his side’s tactic of playing out from the back is here to stay.
As such, Leno, who Arteta says has the courage to play that way, must adapt.