Mikel Arteta refused to blame calamity keeper Bernd Leno for his part in Arsenal ’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea this afternoon.
Trailing to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener, Chelsea staged a second-half fightback with the help of a Bernd Leno howler to win with goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham.
The Arsenal boss said: “He will be down. When an error costs your team points it’s harder.
“We have to lift him. He’s done a really good job since he joined this club. We need him back on board and the confidence back and that’s it.
“Is it a lack of concentration? I don’t think so. We were defending much deeper than I would like.
“I blame my team. We are responsible. The other things we cannot control. The decision-making? It happens. It will happen again.”
Beaten Arsenal boss Arteta claimed Jorginho, who changed the game after coming on as a first-half sub, should have been sent off.
The Chelsea midfielder had already been booked when he clattered into Lucas Torreira minutes before scoring the equaliser, but referee Craig Pawson booked Alex Lacazette instead for protesting.
Arteta said: “For me it was very clear. I don’t have to say much about it.” And Lampard said: “It certainly could have been a second yellow.
Bernd Leno’s error led to Jorginho scoring the equaliser in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Arsenal
“We might have struck a bit of luck with that one. But I don’t think it was clear cut and you make own luck sometimes.”
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard claimed an angry dressing-room inquest turned the tables on Arsenal and then demanded the same passion every week.
Lampard blasted his players for lack of aggression in a first-half flop – and admitted angry words were exchanged at half time.
He said: “I like that and there should be. You don’t want 11 quiet players who just get on with it and trot out again.
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