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Bernd Leno was criticised for his role in James Milner's opening goal..

Replays suggest Bernd Leno is being harshly criticised for Liverpool's goal vs Arsenal

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Arsenal fans weren't too impressed with Bernd Leno after James Milner fired Liverpool into the lead on Saturday night.

The Gunners had the better run of the play for large periods of the first-half and were looking to continue their brilliant record against half-time when disaster struck.

Rooting from an attack down the left wing, Leno failed to hold a cross into the penalty area and seemed to deflect it into the path of Milner who duly converted.

There's plenty of debate about the goalkeeping situation at Arsenal and many came to the conclusion that Leno was at fault for the strike, raising questions about Petr Cech recently being dropped.

Of course, in the end, the goal didn't spell complete catastrophe fro the Gunners who dramatically equalised thanks to an inspired finish from Alexandre Lacazette.

Leno criticised for Milner goal

Nevertheless, it did leave the Arsenal camp a little frustrated that they missed the opportunity to snatch all three points and Unai Emery certainly thought so at full-time.

“The result is a good result for how we did in 90 minutes, when we were losing,” Emery mused in his interview.

“We deserved it because we could have lost, but we could also have won in the 90 minutes. It was a good test for us. We need more, in our work and tactically also."

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New footage shows deflection

However, fan opinion has started to shift after the game with new footage seeming to reveal that Leno isn't to blame for Arsenal drawing, after all.

Supporters are starting to notice that Leno's clearance was in fact deflected, unintentionally, by Rob Holding and thus sent into the path of Milner.

If it wasn't for the slight touch, the Arsenal goalkeeper would have capably deflected the ball out wide and possibly into the path of Sead Kolasniac.

Check out the video and fan reaction down below:

So, it seems the criticism for Leno is a little harsh.

Obviously, there's still a debate about whether the German goalkeeper should have challenged for the ball in the first place or even caught it, but this development does change things.

It's seriously unlucky on behalf of Holding, too, who wasn't to know that his intervention sealed Arsenal's fate and gave Liverpool the breakthrough they were chasing.

Gooners will have to speculate whether that one touch changed the course of the game or not, but a draw was probably the fair result at the end of the day.

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A lack of culpability on the behalf of Leno will also be greatly received and the 26-year-old has impressed since stepping in for the injured Cech.

Only Emery will know what he has in mind for his goalkeepers, yet it looks unlikely that Leno will be conceded his number one position any time soon.

And after the Liverpool game, he can breathe a sigh of relief.

Who do you think Arsenal should play in goal - Cech or Leno? Have your say in the comments section below.

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Bernd Leno
Unai Emery
Alexandre Lacazette
Petr Cech
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