It’s never a bad thing to have two goalkeepers on the books that are playing well. Of course, if they’re both considered to be world class in one way or another then that can make things a little bit more complicated because both will want to play consistent first team football and that just can’t happen. It’s not quite as severe as something like the NFL whereby there are only 16 regular season games to play in, because at least in this instance you’ve got the League & FA Cup, international football and European competition.
Arsenal’s German international goalkeeper Bernd Leno will get a chance over the next few games to prove that he is good enough to be the Gunners first-choice number one on a permanent basis.
Leno came on as a first half substitute for the injured Petr Cech last time out in a 2-0 win over Watford at the Emirates Stadium. It was the Germans Premier League debut after joining from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.
Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win at home against Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners needed two goals in the last ten minutes to record the victory over the visitors.
The victory was Arsenal’s seventh straight win in all competitions. However, it was another unconvincing display. On another day, the Hornets could have left north London with something, maybe even maximum points.
Leno kept Arsenal in the game
The Gunners kept a clean sheet for a second league game in a row. However, Unai Emery’s side had goalkeeper Bernd Leno to thank for keeping them in the game, as the Germany international pulled off saves from Troy Deeney and Andre Gray. The 26-year-old had to come off the substitute’s bench to replace the injured Petr Cech just before half-time.
While it may not be an absolute guarantee, it may be a good bet to suggest that Bernd Leno will appear against Brentford tonight. Not only would it serve as something of an extra incentive for fans to go to the game in order to see him in person, but it also just makes sense. Petr Cech seems to have the number one spot on lockdown for the next few weeks at the very least, with his performance against Everton at the weekend being a big reason for that.
Arsenal’s summer signing Bernd Leno made his first start for the Gunners on Thursday night in a 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla. The German started in place of usual first-choice Petr Cech and Gunners boss Unai Emery has stated he will play again in the next few matches.
The Spaniard stated that he did not feel that Leno was responsible for either of the visitor’s goals. That means he could start against Everton on Sunday or against Brentford in the League Cup next
Despite the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for around £20million this summer, Petr Cech has been the first-choice goalkeeper for Arsenal under Unai Emery so far. His performances have, however, been far from impressive as he struggled initially with the Spaniard’s demand to play the ball out from the back, a trait that requires the ‘keeper to be good with the ball at his feet. Three straight wins after two opening defeats may have taken some of the heat off the Arsenal No. 1 at the moment, but new challenges are just around the corner.
As we all know, Arsenal kick-off their Europa League campaign this evening against Ukrainian side Vorskla. The cup competitions have been a place to blood youngsters and give fringe players an opportunity to impress in recent seasons.
Former boss Arsene Wenger certainly made full use of the cup competitions when it came to rotating his squad and resting his star players. No doubt new Gunners boss Unai Emery will take the competition seriously, he will still rotate his squad.
Arsenal fringe players can impress
While Emery is unlikely to field many young players against Thursday’s night’s opponents, there are a certain number of fringe players who could improve their chances of regular first-team football with good performances.
There’s not much more than needs to be said when it comes to Arsenal’s actual start to the season, because it’s there for everyone to see. They were outplayed by better sides in the first two games and narrowly edged past three that they should be beating easily. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Regardless, it’s interesting to note the direction they’re trending in as a club – even though we want to focus on one position above all the others – and that’s the goalkeeper.
It’s always nice to receive some advice from legends of the game, even if you think you don’t need it. Whether or not Leno feels that way we don’t know, but either way, he’s been told by legendary goalkeeper David Seaman that he simply needs to wait for his chance in the first team. It sounds like pretty simple advice and that’s because it is, but understandably, it can be a little bit frustrating to sit on the sidelines after being brought in as a major signing during the summer.
Arsenal signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen this summer for €25million, but the German goalkeeper, previously linked with a number of other clubs, is yet to play a minute of a competitive game for the club. Why is that?
One of the novelties brought in by manager Unai Emery is the team’s tendency to play the ball out from the back when starting attacks, as opposed to hitting it long towards a forward who would then be expected to hold it up and engage his teammates. Petr Cech, while a very good goalkeeper on his own ground, is quite obviously struggling to adapt to this particular demand. Such approach needs a ‘keeper good with the ball at his feet, decisive and accurate in his passing, and the former Chelsea man has made several mistakes while attempting to fulfil Emery’s ideas in this aspect.