The German goalkeeper gifted Rapid Vienna an opening goal (Picture: Reuters)
Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal still need to improve the way they play out from the back after Bernd Leno’s mistake against Rapid Vienna, warning the keeper to pick ‘the right moments’ to do it.
The Gunners have had a huge amount of success building from the back under Arteta but were undone by it in Austria, with Leno gifting possession to the home side and allowing Taxiarchis Fountas an easy finish to give Rapid the lead.
Arsenal did respond, however with David Luiz levelling the scores with a header before substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came off the bench to secure a 2-1 win and all three points in their Europa League opener.
Leno’s mistake gifted Rapid Vienna a goal on a testing evening (Picture: Getty)
While Arteta has previously staunchly defended his philosophy of playing out from the back, he admitted after Leno’s mistake that there is a time and a place to do it and encouraged the goalkeeper and his teammates to improve their decision-making.
Speaking after the match, Arteta said: ‘We need to understand when we can do that and when we should kick the ball to the…