Elliott Bretland

Leno frustrated as Arsenal wait for first away clean sheet goes on

Arsenal’s wait for a first away clean sheet of the season continues to elude them.

The Gunners were on course for their maiden Premier League shutout on the road this campaign until Sead Kolašinac turned the ball into his own net via Adama Diakhaby’s effort three minutes into injury time.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno believes the Gunners have been too lax at the back late on and claims the defence must improve if Unai Emery’s men are to finish in the top four.

“This season, we don’t have a clean sheet away?” asked the goalkeeper when the stat was mentioned by a reporter.

“I think this season we have conceded goals too easily. Sometimes it happens at the end of games – Cardiff at the end, Newcastle at the end and today at the end.

“It always seems to happen when we are two goals in front, so maybe we are losing a little bit of concentration because we feel too comfortable when the games are coming to the end.

“We have to work on this because the defence for me is the most thing to enable us to get back into the top four.

“For me the most important area is the defence because we have the quality in the front line. We all want to improve and we can do that by being strong in the defence.”

Arsenal moved up to fifth in the Premier League table on goal difference following Chelsea’s 6-0 mauling at Manchester City on Sunday and now face BATE Borisov over two legs in the Europa League.