Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has said defender Shkodran Mustafi owes no one an apology after his costly mistakes led to the shock 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Sunday.
The German's mix-up with Leno gave Wilfried Zaha the chance to score a crucial second goal and was also culpable for the other two goals.
“We are one team. We win together and we lose together. It’s not that one player has to apologise for a mistake," said Leno as quoted by Goal.
“It was maybe a wrong decision for the second goal but you can’t change it. Mistakes happen. I think there was 30 minutes still to play so we had big time still to win the game,”
“There are so many mistakes in the game. Every goal is about mistakes so it is not a big problem when someone loses the ball and we concede a goal,"
Zaha's second goal, in particular, turned the tide in Palace's favour, eventually leading to a costly defeat at home.
The loss dented Arsenal's hopes of finishing in the top-four bracket, and they remain in fifth place on 66 points.
They head to Molineux Stadium to take on Wolves on Wednesday night in another tricky fixture, knowing another slip-up will be detrimental to their hopes of a Champions League spot.