Mikel Arteta reacts to Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno errors that cost Arsenal against Burnley

Granit Xhaka
Xhaka at fault at Turf Moor (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has defended Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno for their roles in Burnley’s equaliser against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Gunners took the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after six minutes at Turf Moor but that advantage was wiped out after a calamitous error involving the midfielder and goalkeeper.

With Arsenal trying to play their way out from the back, Leno passed to Xhaka inside his own box with the Swiss quickly pressed by the Clarets.

Xhaka’s attempt to sweep the ball out wide was intercepted by Chris Wood, with the ball coming off his hip and into the back of the net.   

Arsenal took the lead through a goal that came from Leno starting the move from the back and Arteta says their approach to the game will always carry certain risks.

Bernd Leni
Arteta says Arsenal will continue to play out from the back (Picture:Getty)

‘It can happen in football, Arteta told a post-match press conference.

‘We did it using Bernd [Leno] and trying to use the holding midfielder in that situation.

‘We scored a goal from Auba that started all the way from Bernd Leno and we conceded one chance and that chance comes from Bernd kicking the ball long and we could not control the second ball.

‘It is what it is. It’s the way we play.

‘It’s the way I want to play and we just have to know the risk and the rules we have in certain areas and the type of balls that we have to play.’

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