Rodrigo breaks silence after Leeds mistake against Arsenal, Joel Robles defends him
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Rodrigo breaks silence after Leeds mistake against Arsenal, Joel Robles defends him

Rodrigo has broken his silence on Instagram after his mistake saw Arsenal score the only goal of the game during Sunday’s defeat at Elland Road – and Leeds United teammate Joel Robles has responded, defending the striker.

Rodrigo, 31, made a stunning start to the Premier League campaign for Leeds. He scored four goals in his first three outings, but has since failed to score in two months. A shoulder injury against Everton, he then started against Villa.

Completing the entire 90 minutes against Crystal Palace, Spain international Rodrigo was hooked at half-time on Sunday. It came after his cross-field pass that saw Arsenal immediately counter, Bukayo Saka slamming the ball home.

Jesse Marsch has even said that it was something he encourages his players to avoid. The club’s record signing took to Instagram on Monday afternoon, apologising to supporters – telling fans he will learn from his mistake against Arsenal.

Rodrigo has broken his silence after his Leeds mistake against Arsenal

It was a bizarre pass to try. But it might have been that he attempted the pass after doing it a few moments before, slamming a gorgeous 50-yard ball out to the left flank first time. The second time around, he got it all wrong.

It went straight to Arsenal, and a little one-two between Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard saw the England star score. Whether or not Illan Meslier was at fault is a different story – Shay Given claims the Frenchman went down quickly.

But it is another blow for Rodrigo, with his early-season form seeming a long time ago. Of course, he still remains a crucial part of the side, but with Patrick Bamford fit, it might be that Rodrigo could be dropped on Thursday night.

Third-choice goalkeeper Robles responded to Rodrigo’s post on Instagram, defending his fellow Spaniard.

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