Lee Hendrie slams Leeds United winger Daniel James in first half Arsenal
Lee Hendrie feels Daniel James’ “bad touch” let Leeds United down in the first half of their Carabao Cup clash away at Arsenal on Tuesday night.
James, 23, was handed a huge chance to score his first Leeds goal when he latched onto the end of a beautiful long-range pass from Diego Llorente.
However, Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno managed to smother the ball before James had a decent go at goal and Sky Sports pundit Hendrie feels that better control would have seen the Welsh winger score.
“No pressure on Llorente and it’s a super ball. He’s hitting a direct pass over the back-four, straight over [Ben] White,” said Hendrie on Sky Sports Main Event’s live coverage of the game on Tuesday night.
“It’s just a bad touch from James. If he gets hold of that ball it should be 1-0.
“I’ve just looked down on the touchline there and Mikel Arteta was furious Leeds came that distance.”
Leeds had their chances in that half and that opportunity for James was easily one of the best of the game.
If only he had controlled Llorente’s pass better and we could be talking about Leeds being ahead at the break, rather than ruing missed chances.
Jack Harrison also saw a stinging volley saved by Leno, who’s probably kept Arsenal in the game at the Emirates if anything.
Arsenal have applied pressure but haven’t had the clear-cut opportunities that Leeds have so Marcelo Bielsa will be disappointed with the finishing that’s been on display so far.
The Yorkshire giants have every chance of winning this tie and booking their spot in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
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