Arsenal boss Arteta rejects Hein criticism after Brighton Cup defeat

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta rejected criticism of debutant Karl Hein after their Carabao Cup defeat to Brighton.

Hein made his Arsenal debut in goal and had a moment to forget, as he slipped and then brought down Welbeck, with the former Arsenal striker then taking the penalty himself and sending the 20-year-old the wrong way.

Arteta backed the Estonian goalkeeper to respond, insisting Hein deserved the opportunity to make his first Gunners appearance.

“Everybody has been supporting him, everybody was supporting him straight after,” Arteta said.

“We all make mistakes, me the first one, the players all the time and it’s part of the game. He needs to carry on. When you make an error it’s about how you react, not about the error. This is going to happen in his career and it happened today unfortunately.

“I think he deserves the chance. He’s the first goalie of the national team and at his age that’s not usual. He totally deserved his chance. If I have to play him tomorrow again I would.”