Hero wanted on the wire

The Leganés de Garitano enhances the key role of its wingers. The goals of Arnáiz and Ibáñez against Sabadell invite hope.


Leganés is looking for flashes of hope to reillusion themselves in the final stretch of the season. One of those arguments for faith has been found glued to the abyss that delimits the limit of a playing field. In the extremes. Last Saturday the Garitano team beat Sabadell (2-1) with goals from Arnáiz and Rober Ibáñez, the two band tightrope walkers that Bergara coach likes the most. At least they are the ones who have played the most under his returned command. Both goals are not, for the blue and white bench, an anecdote without more, but a symptom of what may be the path by which to redirect the team from now to the end of the season.

In the case of Arnáiz, it also happens that he ended a five-month streak without seeing a door. The last time the Talavera had drilled a goal was on December 2, against Rayo Vallecano in Butarque. Curiosity: that day Bustinza assisted him with the spur. Against Sabadell, last Sunday, the modus operandi of the pass (heel) was repeated, although the author changed. Borja gave '10' the pass from 1-0.

So long without seeing the door began to be an anomaly for Arnáiz in this season in which, from the start, he was a regular unblocker for Leganés. His four previous goals (goals almost always) were vital to achieve victories, some against direct rivals (Espanyol, Rayo) and others against castled rivals (Zaragoza, Mirandés).But after that much in front of the Lightning, the light went out and he stopped having the weight of the past. Matter in which he was obfuscated until on Sunday he again burst a goal with a left-handed blunderbuss that allowed him to add his fifth goal and rise as the second scorer of Lega, tied with Borja Bastón, with whom he also shares being the pepinero footballer who shoots the most on goal (59 shots by Borja, 51 by Arnaíz) and a hit percentage (9.8% by Arnáiz and 8.4% by Bastón) .

Much higher is the percentage of success of Rober Ibáñez. 16% of the Navarrese's shots end in a goal. In other words, of his 12 shots, two have kissed the net. The one he did against Sabadell was the result of a counter in which he put the finishing touch to a fast play. This was also his first goal against Albacete.

Both have arrived in the Garitano era, in which Bergara's has made him a fixture. Ibáñez has played 13 league games as a starter, of which only four were before the Gipuzkoan's arrival in Butarque. That recurring confidence as a usual winger on the right wing, however, seemed stuck in the face of seeing the door. No longer

That both of them participate more in Leganés offensive football is a capital issue, more with the experience and weight that the wingers have had in previous pepineros projects with Garitano, in which the men on the sides were drawn as fundamental pillars to see the door or open defenses. Heroes on the pitch wire.

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