By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

10th May, 2022 | 7:10pm

Leeds United: Sky Sports pundit slams 'inexcusable' Illan Meslier error

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Paul Robinson has blasted Illan Meslier for his “inexcusable” mistake that led to Arsenal opening the scoring in their 2-1 win against Leeds United at the Emirates on Sunday (8 May).

Eddie Nketiah grabbed the first of his two goals in the fifth minute by simply closing down the 22-year-old Leeds goalkeeper after he opted to take a touch instead of just clearing his lines.

Robinson is unimpressed by Meslier feeling as though he has to play it out from the back at all times and instead, has suggested the Frenchman should pick and choose his moments and not to be scared to stick the ball in Row Z.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It showed naivety, in all honesty.

I think there’s a lot of emphasis on goalkeepers playing out from the back and Meslier was obviously thinking that he had to play the way they do and you have to take a touch.

But actually, he should’ve just hit it and then talk about it later.

When the ball comes back like that and you’re under pressure, there’s no excuse for it.

He was back at the byeline, he had a completely clear vision of the field in front of him so the mistake was inexcusable really, other than the fact you can legitimise it by thinking that’s what the manager wants him to do and you have to play it out from the back.

Nketiah, 22, scored again for Arsenal in the 10th minute of the game but that was that for the Gunners, who failed to capitalise further on a Leeds side that was also reduced to 10 men in the first half.

After the mistake, Robinson was impressed by what he saw from Meslier.

You have to give him a lot of credit though because I watched him very carefully after that and his mentality never changed,” the ex-Leeds goalkeeper added.

He showed a clear head and he was able to play the rest of the game without that affecting him.”

In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville has mocked this Leeds chief after he was spotted by Sky Sports’ cameras.