The signing of German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been officially confirmed, for a reported fee of £19.3 million. The 26-year-old joins from Bayer Leverkusen, with whom he made over 200 appearances across an impressive tenure. Now, however, it’s time for him to try something different, as he attempts to make a name for himself in the Premier League.
According to the Express, Arsenal are set to renew their interest in Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who reportedly has a release clause of £22million in his contract.
Leno has often been linked with a move to the Gunners, as Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech is starting to look his age. The former Chelsea stopper produced a number of unconvincing displays last season.
The 36-year-old’s position as Arsenal number one is now looking very vulnerable, with Leno looking like a very viable target.
Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen have all but confirmed that highly rated goalkeeper Bernd Leno will be leaving the club for greener pastures in the summer transfer window.
The 26-year-old has been one of the leading shot-stoppers in the Germany’s top flight for quite some time now, making between 32 and 34 appearances in each of the last six Bundesliga campaigns.
However, Leno appears to have decided to leave the club this summer, which led to Bayer Leverkusen signing Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Arsenal were defeated at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park on Sunday with Alexandre Lacazette’s brilliant 14th-minute opener overturned by Ayoze Perez in the 29th and Matt Ritchie in the 68th. This was the Gunners’ fifth consecutive Premier League defeat away from home.
On Sunday, Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, to continue their terrible run of form away from home in the Premier League.
Arsenal had the first effort of the game as striker Alexandre Lacazette miss-hit a shot wide of goal. The home side responded on ten minutes, as Petr Cech produced a comfortable save from a Kenedy strike.
The Gunners took the lead on 14 minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran at Jamaal Lascelles before putting the ball past the defender. The Gabon international then found Lacazette at the far post, who slides in to put the ball past Dubravka in the home goal.
Arsenal drew 2-2 with CSKA Moscow at the Arena CSKA on Thursday night in the Europa League quarter-finals second leg, to win 6-3 on aggregate in the tie.
CSKA Moscow made a strong start to the game without really troubling the Gunners backline. The first real attempt on goal arrived on 21 minutes, as Bistrovich sent a long-range effort well wide of goal.
The game finally saw a real threat on goal on 27 minutes. It all stemmed from Alan Dzagoev having a shot blocked by the Gunners defence. The ball fell to Danny Welbeck to released Alexandre Lacazette. The French striker just hesitated on the ball for too long and A. Berezutski managed to block the effort.
On Sunday afternoon, Danny Welbeck bagged a brace for Arsenal against Southampton in a thrilling game, which saw both teams reduced to ten men.
Southampton offered the first threat on goal on seven minutes. Dusan Tadic got in behind the Gunners defence and pulled the ball back to James Ward-Prowse, who hit a rather tame effort towards goal that Hector Bellerin cleared near the goal line.
The Saints took the lead on 17 minutes. Wing-back Cedric dug out a cross and striker Shane Long poked home at the near post. The home side struggled to create anything until the equaliser arrived on 28 minutes.
It seems that Arsenal has made signing a new goalkeeper one of their priorities this summer. Current number one Petr Cech was once a great custodian. However, the Czech star has seen better days and is now looking every bit his 35 years.
The Gunners current number two Colombian international David Ospina has also proven unconvincing at times during his Gunners career. Not many people seem to believe that the former Nice ‘keeper is good enough to be Arsenal’s long-term number one.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head this summer to sign Atletico Madrid’s highly-rated goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The Slovenian international has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in European football in the past few seasons. The stopper has a release clause of £88million in his contract and Atletico are not likely to let him go without a fight.
On Arsenal’s wanted list
The Express claims that Oblak is on the wanted list of both London clubs as they look to add to their goalkeeping options. The Gunners are claimed to have scouted Oblak on a number of occasions.
Many fans know Petr Cech courtesy of his time at Stamford Bridge, which makes sense, given that the 35-year-old found record-breaking success with Chelsea Football Club. Nowadays, however, he’s plying his trade across London at the Emirates – and it’s safe to say that things haven’t gone quite as well.
Obviously, father time catches up to all of us sooner rather than later, although, in years gone by, goalkeepers have had the luxury of long playing careers courtesy of their limited movement on a game to game basis. While it may not feel like it, the man who led the Czech Republic forward for the majority of his career has actually played for the Gunners since 2015.