Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has praised his teammates' response after his error saw Liverpool take the lead through James Milner against the run of play during the 1-1 draw between the sides on Saturday afternoon.
Leno parried a cross into the path of Milner for the opening goal of the game, but his blushes were spared when the Gunners got a deserved equaliser through Alexandre Lacazette in a spirited display at the Emirates.
The 26-year-old, who is finally enjoying a spell in the first team following his £19m move from Bayern Leverkusen, spoke after the game about that parry into the path of Milner.
“It was a cross, it was a little bit unlucky for me because it was in the middle and Milner scored,” the keeper told Arsenal’s website.
“But the reaction of the team was perfect. After two or three minutes, we had the next chance to score. That shows the character of this team.”
Arsenal produced an excellent display at the Emirates and frustrated title-contenders Liverpool and can consider themselves unlucky not to come away with all three points.
“The manager has a new philosophy. Many things changed, because Arsene Wenger was here for a long time,” added the German.
“It was clear we needed time but like you saw today, the movement and the confidence of the players is always getting better.
“Today we controlled the game against a big club, against big players, and now we’ll keep working.”
Despite his error for Liverpool’s goal, Leno had a solid night and made a string of fine saves, in particular bravely denying a Virgil van Dijk volley from point blank range.