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Gary Neville criticises Bernd Leno and fears Arsenal’s defence will ‘always not be good enough’

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Sep 2019 11:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link209Shares Leno’s weak save allowed Eriksen the simplest of finishes after 10 minutes (Picture: Getty)Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast after the game, he explained: ‘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.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘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.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenArsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-2-tottenham-unai-emery-press-conference-1997076/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘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. The German shot-stopper was at fault for Tottenham’s opening goal on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has criticised Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno – and the entire back-line – for their performances against Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.Spurs took a two goal lead at the Emirates, with Leno palming a tame shot into the path of Christian Eriksen for the opening goal before a rash challenge from Granit Xhaka gave Harry Kane the chance to double the lead from the spot.Although Arsenal fought back to draw 2-2, Neville was concerned by the way Arsenal defended and how easily Spurs countered throughout and feels a new centre-back is still needed, while he is not convinced by Leno.center_img Neville feels Arsenal’s back-line is lagging a long way behind their rivals (Picture: Getty)‘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.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Gary Neville criticises Bernd Leno and fears Arsenal’s defence will ‘always not be good enough’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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UEFA CL Wrap: Bayern through, Real hold Juve

first_imgIn Plzen, there was no repeat for Bayern of their 5-0 thumping of the Czech side in Munich a fortnight ago, with Mario Mandzukic netting the only goal of the game with a 65th-minute header to maintain his side’s 100 per cent record.As a result of the victory, Bayern equalled the most consecutive wins ever recorded in the Champions League, with the tally now at nine after winning the trophy last season.Real Madrid and Paris St Germain both have one foot in the door of the last 16 after they were held to 2-2 and 1-1 draws against Juventus and Anderlecht respectively to end their own hopes of winning every game in the group stages.At the Juventus Stadium, the Italian side grabbed the lead against Real via a 42nd-minute penalty from Arturo Vidal before Ronaldo and Gareth Bale struck in eight second-half minutes by the hour mark to edge the La Liga side in front.Fernando Llorente, however, rescued a point for Juve to leave Real needing only a draw from their remaining two Group B games to guarantee their passage into the knockout phase.Juve are now bottom, though, with three points after FC Copenhagen pulled off a shock 1-0 home win over Galatasaray, with Daniel Braaten striking the winner after just six minutes. In Group C, PSG also need only a point from their final two matches, but were forced to come from behind at home to Anderlecht.Demy de Zeeuw fired the visitors in front in the 68th minute, only for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to haul the hosts level two minutes later.That was prior to Anderlecht finishing the game with 10 men after Sacha Kljestan was dismissed in the 82nd minute for a second bookable offence.After two years of failure to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League under Roberto Mancini, Manchester City are finally through to the last 16 under Manuel Pellegrini.Following a 7-0 Barclays Premier League thrashing of Norwich at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, City were again in the goals on home soil as they recorded a 5-2 victory over CSKA Moscow. That result, combined with Bayern’s success over Viktoria Plzen, means City and the reigning European champions are the two sides to qualify from Group D.A Sergio Aguero penalty, after David Silva had been fouled by Zoran Tosic, gave City the lead inside three minutes, with the Argentinian doubling his tally for the night in the 20th minute with a right-foot drive for his 13th goal of the season.Alvaro Negredo then followed up with a hat trick with goals in the 30th, 51st and 90th minutes, with City’s march to victory briefly tempered by goals from Seydou Doumbia in the 45th and 71st minutes, the latter from the spot.In Group A both games finished goalless, leaving Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen as the teams still favourites to qualify.Against Real Sociedad, Robin van Persie twice struck the post, including once from the penalty spot, whilst Javier Hernandez also missed an open goal. United will be without Marouane Fellaini for the next game in Leverkusen on November 27, however, after the midfielder was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 90th minute.Shakhtar Donetsk are still in with a chance of finishing in the top two after their 0-0 draw with Leverkusen, a game in which five players were booked.last_img read more