Arsenal may have changed coaches but Lucas Bernardi fared no better than his predecessor Sergio Rondina when the former Newell’s Old Boys manager made his debut on Friday evening. Still without a win this season, Arsenal fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Banfield thanks in no small part to a remarkable goalkeeping blooper that allowed the visitors to double their lead.
Santiago Silva had already rifled El Taladro ahead from the edge of the penalty area when Julio César Falcioni’s side were gifted a second on the half hour mark. Jonathan Bottinelli’s backpass seemed innocuous enough until goalkeeper Fernando Pellegrino completely missed his clearance and allowed the ball to roll into the unguarded net.
Juan Brunetta’s deflected strike just before half time did give Arsenal hope of a comeback but it failed to materialise and after being reduced to ten men in the closing stages, Adrián Sporle smashed in a third.
A second away win of the season for Banfield but Arsenal are in deep trouble. The sharp decline of the club since the death of Julío Grondona is clear and with the worst defence in the top flight, Lucas Bernardi has a massive job on his hands to ensure their safety.
Arsenal 1 – 3 Banfield