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BBC pundit says Arsenal star went missing against Porto in the Champions League

Arsenal suffered a last-minute defeat to Porto in the Champions League, and BBC pundit says one player went missing on the night

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Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon didn’t mince his words when assessing the performance of Arsenal forward Leandro Trossard in the UEFA Champions League clash against Porto. Lennon, 52, shared his views on BBC Radio 5 Live following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat in Portugal.

Lennon expressed his disappointment with Trossard’s contribution, stating that the Belgian international seemed to go missing inside the Estádio do Dragão. Despite having 25-30 minutes left in the game, Lennon didn’t believe that Mikel Arteta needed to make a substitution at that point. He highlighted Trossard’s peripheral role in the second half and said that the player missed a crucial chance for his team.

“I don’t think Mikel Arteta needs to make a substitution just yet, with 25-30 minutes still left to play of the game, but Leandro Trossard has been on the periphery of the game in this second half, and he missed the best chance his side have had too,” remarked Lennon.

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Arteta eventually replaced Trossard with Jorginho in the 74th minute. However, the substitution failed to spark a significant improvement for Arsenal, who eventually succumbed to a stunning 94th-minute winner from Porto’s Galeno.

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Despite Trossard’s recent fantastic performances, the former Brighton man struggled in the Champions League clash. According to WhoScored, Trossard failed to register a shot on target or a successful dribble against Porto. Additionally, the 29-year-old struggled defensively, with no recorded interceptions, clearances, or blocks before being substituted.

Lennon also critiqued the team’s overall performance, especially in the final moments of the game. He highlighted a lack of smart play and questioned the decision-making, particularly referencing a long diagonal ball that ultimately left Arsenal vulnerable to Porto’s counterattack.

“With less than a minute to go you have to be smarter than that, keep hold of the ball. Instead of keeping the ball, Gabriel Martinelli tries to smash a long diagonal to Bukayo Saka and which left Arsenal a bit open,” Lennon explained. “You have to admire the doggedness from Porto. They set up to nullify Arsenal and they did that, and it was a smash and grab at the other end.”

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