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.
The above title may be strange to say, but Arsenal’s performance in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal was not all positive. The Gunners eventually earned the victory, but for periods of the encounter with the Toffees, mainly the first half, the team from north London looked poor and disjointed.
Here are a few positives I suggest that Arsenal will take from the game:
Life still left in Petr Cech
It would be fair to say that Arsenal may have been going in at half time behind if it were not for the veteran goalkeeper. Cech kept out efforts by Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison to keep the scores level.
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.
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.
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.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has come in for some stick from certain sections of Gunners fans. I wrote an article recently about whether the veteran goalkeeper should be dropped or not. Spanish boss Unai Emery insists on using the former Chelsea goalkeeper, despite the fact that he is obviously not comfortable with playing out from the back.
Not his strong point
Even at 36 years old, Cech is still a very good goalkeeper, despite some errors in the last few seasons. However, as Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster recently stated, playing out from the back is not his strong point.
Arsenal signed Germany international goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £22million. The 26-year-old was expected to replace veteran stopper Petr Cech as the Gunners first choice at the start of the season. Instead, the German has started the Gunners three Premier League games on the substitute’s bench.
Convinced he made the right decision
Leno is convinced that he made the right decision to join the Gunners this summer. He told Sport Bild: “I am convinced that my change was the right decision,”
“I’m not crazy. It may take a few weeks or months, but my time here will come.”
At this moment in time, Petr Cech is still considered to be Arsenal’s number one man despite the fact that the club invested a lot of money in Bernd Leno over the summer. We’ve seen two big names competing for one spot at a major European team before, so that part of the equation probably shouldn’t feel all too unusual – but just because we ‘can’ have the debate, doesn’t mean that we should have to.
Friday saw the Italian transfer window shut and saw Arsenal players leave for Serie A clubs. Joel Campbell joined Frosinone, youngster Stephy Mavididi signed for Juventus and backup goalkeeper David Ospina joined Napoli on loan.
Out of the trio, only Ospina has featured in the Gunners first-team in recent seasons. A move was almost inevitable for the Colombian number one after falling down the goalkeeping pecking order at Arsenal due to the arrival of German goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Cech and Leno first choice goalkeepers
As soon as the Gunners signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, it looked obvious that the north London club were overstocked in the goalkeeping department.