Leno made a mistake but Arsenal still won 2-1 against Rapid Wien in group match B Europa League on October 23rd.
Bernd Leno, the name that coach Mikel Arteta trusted the opportunity, made a fundamental mistake that led to Arsenal’s 51st-minute goal. The German goalkeeper fumbled under the pressure of the two strikers from Rapid Wien. The ball reached Taxiarchis Fountas, and player No. 9 took the opportunity to hit the net of opponents from the Premier League.
Leno made a mistake, but Arsenal still managed to complete a comeback in Austria. Two goals respectively from David Luiz (70 ‘) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (74’) helped “Gunners” leave the Allianz field with 3 points.
Rapid Wien is not a highly rated opponent. However, Coach Arteta is still cautious about launching a squad of many stars. Rookie worth 45 million pounds, Thomas Partey has his first main kick since coming to Arsenal. He paired up with Mohamed Elneny in the midfield area, in a 4-4-2 diagram.
The host team was surprised when he created a fair game with Arsenal
Rapid Wien only held the ball 33% in the first half, but still created a lot of waves towards the opponent’s goal with speed, direct ball phase.
Coach Kuehbauer’s efforts and coaches were rewarded with the opening goal at the beginning of the second half. The forward’s pair Fountas and Kara pressured goalkeeper Leno to make mistakes.
Rapid Wien retreated into the defensive squad after having opened the scoring. Arsenal pushes high, but can only reach the home goal with the ball from two minutes. After many attempts, the equalizer came to “Gunners” from a fixed situation in the 70th minute.
From the free kick on the right-wing, Nicolas Pepe hung the ball to the position of David Luiz. Former Chelsea star turned high, hitting his head upside down, defeating the entire defense of the white and blue shirt.
David Luiz (33 years, 183 days), is the next oldest player to score for Arsenal in the continental arena, behind Sol Campbell (35 years, 152 days). The former England defender conceded Porto in the Champions League in 2010.
Following the momentum of excitement, Arsenal pushed up the attack speed and got a goal to increase the score to 2-1 just 4 minutes later. Hector Bellerin entered the forbidden area after Elneny’s slit.
The Spanish defender was just about enough for Aubameyang to cushion the ball against goalkeeper Strebinger. The Gabon striker has impressive form in the Europa League with 12 goals in the last 19 appearances.