TalkSPORT host Adrian Durham has defended Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United after they lost 4-2 away at Arsenal on Sunday.
Leeds were four down after 47 minutes with goalkeeper Illan Meslier being culpable for a couple of the Gunners’ goals.
Durham has long held Bielsa in high esteem but the Argentinean manager has drawn criticism this season from those who do not believe he’s as good as others make out.
The TalkSport host, as quoted by the YEP, believes Bielsa cannot be held accountable for individual errors like Meslier’s.
He said: “It’s amazing that none of the doubters spotted that for three of the goals, the young keeper (Meslier) had a shocker – two were at the near post and the other he’s got caught on the ball, dilly-dallying.
“Off days do happen, that’s why the goals were conceded. It wasn’t really down to the way Leeds played.”
Leeds were also without star midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Durham claims that Leeds without the England midfielder is like Aston Villa being without Jack Grealish.
He said: “They had all sorts of problems, with Phillips out as well, that is the same as taking Jack Grealish out of the Villa side, I would say – that’s the big impact it has on the way Leeds play.”
Two-goal defeat away at Arsenal. So what?
We lost by two goals to Arsenal.
The North London club is not as good as it once was but still, they’re a team with players who can hurt most defences in the Premier League when they’re on their day.
Bukayo Saka has been superb for the Gunners and tore us to shreds at times on Sunday while a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in form, can be one of the top forwards in Europe.
Leeds are a team that have come up to the Premier League this season for the first time in almost two decades.
We’re bound to get beaten by the Arsenals of the top-flight every now and then.
Yes, Bielsa has overseen some good and some ugly results and performances but this is still a work in process. Look at West Brom and Fulham and where they sit despite coming up with us last season. Look at how bad it could actually be.
Some fans have grown too used to winning under Bielsa while neutral supporters – if you can call them that – just like to ruffle feathers on Twitter and get a reaction.
It works because some Leeds fans are very touchy. We should be criticised for the opening 47 minutes against Arsenal but this season, overall, has been a success story so far.
In other Leeds United news, this Whites striker has suffered an injury judging by his Instagram account.