Arsenal players rallied behind Bernd Leno on his Instagram post after the goalkeeper’s mistake led to defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Bernd Leno of Arsenal unsuccessfully attempts to clear the ball leading to Chelsea's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Bernd Leno of Arsenal unsuccessfully attempts to clear the ball leading to Chelsea’s first goal. Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

There’s no doubt Bernd Leno was to blame for Chelsea’s late equaliser against Arsenal over the weekend, coming out to punch a ball he couldn’t reach and watching it fall straight to the feet of Jorginho to tap in.

In context, it’s a mistake Arsenal fans can come to accept. The goalkeeper is the team’s player of the season so far, making countless saves to win them points. Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been close to as crucial to the side.

Luckily, the Arsenal players haven’t forgotten all the good moments from Leno this season. After the goalkeeper took responsibility for a ‘tough day’ on Instagram, the likes of Lacazette, Aubameyang, Sokratis, Nelson and Ceballos backed him up.

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The fans were also quick to forgive the error. Plenty of supportive comments got hundreds of likes, including:

  • “Head up Bernd, 1 mistake after 10 man of the match performances. No one is perfect.”
  • “Keep your head up bro! You’ve [saved] us so much this season. We need you for the rest of it.”
  • “Saved us all season.”
  • “You have been brilliant all season. Don’t let it get you down.”
  • “Chin up. Let’s be real, you have been our best player.”

Arsenal need Leno back at his best against Manchester United in midweek, so there’s no time to focus on past mistakes. It’s just about moving on now.

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