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
The big debate
A debate has raged among supporters and pundits since the start of the season whether Cech or Leno should be starting in goal for the Gunners. Cech has at times struggled with the ball at his feet, as Emery prefers his team to play out from the back.
Cech is still a good shot stopper, but he has never been a goalkeeper comfortable with the ball at his feet. Leno, on the other hand, is considered a modern goalkeeper who is comfortable with the ball at feet.
The German was expected to come straight into the starting line-up at the start of the campaign. However, Emery stuck with Cech. Considering Cech’s shaky displays so far playing out from the back, it is strange that Leno has not started more games so far this season.
It has been suggested that leno has failed to impress Emery and his coaching staff in training, hence his lack of starts for the Gunners since his switch from Bayer Leverkusen. However, now he has started a game I wonder if Emery will stick with him for a few games and see how he fairs.
Defensive improvement needed
Arsenal have been vulnerable in defence for some time. The introduction of Leno was never going to solve that problem. The Gunners face a home game against Everton this Sunday, a game the Gunners are odds of 4/9 to win.
Just like the home side, Everton are generally better going forward than they are in defence, so it could be an entertaining game. The return from suspension of Brazilian starlet Richarlison will be a big boost to the Merseysiders ahead of the trip to north London.
Whether Leno or Cech starts in goal for the Gunners on Sunday, the team from north London needs to improve defensively if they are to achieve anything in the near future.
Will Bernd Leno start against Everton this weekend?