Bernd Leno told Ben Foster it wasn’t his fault he conceded to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Monday night, as the Arsenal striker is just too quick.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Bernd Leno of Arsenal arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal FC at John Smith’s Stadium on February 9, 2019, in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Watford went 1-0 down in the early stages of Monday’s Premier League fixture in rather bizarre circumstances, as Ben Foster’s clearance cannoned off Aubameyang’s leg and into the goal. The goalkeeper didn’t seem to anticipate just how quickly the striker was going to catch up with him, and by the time he went to kick the ball, it was too late.

Speaking after the game, Foster admitted he’d apologised to his teammates, but that Leno had told him not to be too hard on himself.

“I’ve said sorry to the lads and to the fans. I should have just launched it but it’s not really my style,” Foster said. “To be fair, he (Aubameyang) is absolutely rapid. I spoke to Bernd Leno at the end of the game and he said ‘it’s not your fault, he’s too quick’. I’m gutted for the lads, though.”

Foster certainly isn’t the first player to be caught out by Aubameyang’s pace this season, and he’s unlikely to be the last either. The Gabon international is now up to 23 goals for the campaign in all competitions, as well as six assists. It’s just unfortunate for the Watford man that his mistake ended up leading to the only goal of the game.

As for Arsenal, they’ll take any result they can get right now. Five more slightly underwhelming performances accompanied by three points would bring Champions League football back to the Emirates Stadium, so exciting football can wait.