Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno had to pick the ball out of his net twice on Saturday after his side only managed a 2-2 draw with Southampton.
The German goalkeeper may have registered his first penalty save as a Gunners keeper, but it wasn’t enough to stop a struggling Saints side earning a point.
man i just feel bad for leno
— Pirratheep Moorthy (@Pirrasheep) November 23, 2019
Leno is such a quality keeper and the man gets let down on a weekly basis
— YVG (@RealSwissLegend) November 23, 2019
We don't deserve Leno tbf
— Saad Khan (@Saad_Gooner) November 23, 2019
Arsenal does not deserve Leno
— falahscore?? (@mbuga_jr) November 23, 2019
Leno is such a good keeper. It’s being overshadowed by our results but he can go to the top. #ARSSOU
— Gooner In Cali (@GoonerInCali) November 23, 2019
Some Arsenal fans particularly thought Leno was let down after saving the penalty, as several pointed out that the club’s defenders didn’t do enough to stop James Ward-Prowse firing home the rebound.
The defenders did let Leno down there, they held back after the save.
— Haryor (@ayrEiGns) November 23, 2019
It was a good penalty save Leno can hold his head up high honestly.
— ??????? (@KatieDouglas93) November 23, 2019
Leno did his work but look at our fools none of them was there to clear that rebound mschww
— Angeli (@AngellAngelitah) November 23, 2019
Leno has played 13 times for Unai Emery’s side this season and has kept two clean sheets while conceding 19 goals in the process.
Does Leno deserve to be defended?
Yes, quite honestly he has a very difficult job and that’s because of his teammates not pulling their weight in front of him.
For example, take Danny Ing’s opening goal on Saturday for Southampton.
In the build-up to the Saint’s forward getting a golden opportunity to test Leno in goal, centre-back David Luiz was looking in completely the wrong direction and was doing nothing to offer Leno any protection.
If this was a rare mistake or error, it could be forgiven, but the Gunners’ defence seem to be more careless than most.
Also when you consider no Premier League keeper has made more saves than Leno this season, he has made an impressive 53 stops this season, it does suggest he’s doing his part to register clean sheets, and that it’s others who are causing the problems. (Source: Premier League)