Arsenal edged out Everton in a closely-fought encounter on Sunday, but things could have been different after indecisiveness from Bernd Leno allowed the Toffees to equalise just before half-time.
There was nothing the goalkeeper could do to stop Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s early scissor kick, but when Yerry Mina got his head to the ball late on in the first half, the German should have shown more bravery to deal with the loose ball. He failed to do so, however, and that allowed Richarlison to get his foot on the ball, and although the Brazilian made minimal contact, it was enough to direct the ball past Leno.
Understandably, supporters didn’t hold back in their criticism of the shot-stopper, who later redeemed himself in the second half with two fine saves from both of the Everton goalscorers. Leno has been terrific for Arsenal for most of the season with 3.6 average saves per match (per Wyscout), but he does seem to have a weakness in commanding his area, also making a mistake against Chelsea earlier this term that allowed Jorginho to tap into an empty net.
Some fans highlighted that aspect of his game, with a number of reactions being made to his error.
not only.. remember the situation with Ceballos when he had the ball against two defender and Leno did not move even a little towards him to give an option
— Cedo (@Cedric1991) February 23, 2020
He’s not good with crosses that was his weakness since he joined us. Crosses are his problem
— Öscar Ronald (@O_the1) February 23, 2020
That’s his only problem… He doesn’t shout at these defenders
— 🖤 (@KelvinNwaegu) February 23, 2020
He deserves stick for it. Was weak play, zero bravery. Very poor
— robdagooner (@RobWoodfin1) February 23, 2020
You have enough shots on goal. You will make a load of saves. He’s made a number of errors for me. Still good. But must improve. Literally just has to walk forward and catch that.
— James Watson (@dirkhum) February 23, 2020
Leno should be sold next season
— INVINCEARSENAL (@INVINCEARSENAL) February 23, 2020
Very horrible mistake… He’s just too calm to be a goalie.. Goalkeepers are rough when it comes to their territory, Leno should’ve done more..
— ARSENAL FAITHFUL SON (@AugustineOlorun) February 23, 2020
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