As reported by The Sun, Arsenal are supposedly interested in securing the signing of highly rated German goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The Gunners are believed to be the favourites in the race to acquire the 24-year-old’s signature, in a move that would likely cost them around £25 million. This is the latest in a string of rumours surrounding the North London club as we head towards the summer transfer window, although this is one of the first regarding a non-attacking position.
When it comes to strengthening their front line Arsene Wenger clearly doesn’t shy away from forking out millions to make some noise, but as you analyse the evidence, they haven’t been anywhere near as successful in terms of the end product in comparison to their closest Premier League rivals.
Of course, there’s still time for their new stars to make a long-term impact, but in the here and now, the Frenchman needs to be doing everything in his power to convince the board that he’s the right man for the job. While a move for Leno may not necessarily be at the top of the chairman’s priority list, it’ll certainly come as welcome news for the Emirates faithful.
While Petr Cech has been a dedicated and loyal member of the first team since arriving from Stamford Bridge, he’s a shadow of the world beater he once was. He’s still among the best in the Premier League when he’s at the top of his game, but those days are few and far between in 2018.
A sign of hope
Bringing in a relatively young guy like Leno allows Arsenal to nurture him and slowly implement him into the line-up, although there’s always the risk of them forcing the issue and demanding the world from the guy after a short period of time.
German goalkeepers are often considered to be among the best of the best, and while that kind of stereotype can be dangerous in the world of football, Arsenal have a history of success with Jens Lehmann being their main man for the better part of five years.
It’s a risk, but anything worth doing is – and Arsenal need to capitalise on this opportunity.
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