According to Metro, Arsenal fans may not have to wait long for one of their biggest signings in years to be confirmed as Bernd Leno’s arrival from Bayer Leverkusen is imminent. The 26-year-old’s move to English football has been spoken about in hush tones for a long time now, but it finally seems as if he’s going to get the chance to test himself outside the realms of Germany. Leno is still a few years away from his prime as a goalkeeper, and that may be the most frightening fact of all as Arsenal fans prepare themselves for what’s next.
The fee is said to be just under £20 million, and when you consider the inflation involved in today’s market, we’d say that’s a pretty good rate. After all, Leno is someone who has been spoken about for a few years now when it comes to his potential, and bigger clubs have come sniffing around for him in the past.
Bringing in a goalkeeper may not initially have seemed like the ultimate priority for Gunners fans, but in reality, it’s part of the bigger picture project that has been set in place by new manager Unai Emery. The defensive issues at the club were always going to be the biggest issues facing the Spaniard, and unsurprisingly, Leno features into his plans to improve that department as a youthful leader behind a strong back four.
There’s no guarantee that he’s going to be the overwhelming lord and saviour of Arsenal Football Club, but there’s no guarantee that he isn’t going to be, either. While it sounds stereotypical German goalkeepers have proven themselves to be formidable assets in the Premier League for years, with Arsenal’s own Jens Lehmann standing out as one of the prime examples over the course of the last decade or so.
Of course, as is the fickle nature of association football, this whole deal could wind up falling apart in a matter of hours – but we don’t think it’s going to go down like that. Emery seems intent on seeing things through no matter how big or small the issue may be, and while situations like the Jack Wilshere ordeal may be seen as negative, he always seems to be prepared to counteract that with something positive.
We’ll have to wait and see how Leno deals with the pressure in North London, but based on what we know about him thus far, we’re excited.
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