Leno reflects on decision to join Arsenal amid selection frustration

Date published: Wednesday 29th August 2018 4:31 - Ross Gibson

Bernd Leno is confident he has what it takes to succeed at Arsenal, despite Unai Emery opting to start with Petr Cech in goal so far this season.

The 26-year-old shotstopper made the £22m move from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen to the Emirates in June, but hasn’t featured in any of the Gunners Premier League matches so far.

However, Emery claimed he had been impressed with the attitude of Leno following their defeat to Manchester City, and urged the Gunners faithful to be patient in waiting for the German’s debut.

Leno, who is unconcerned by the lack of game-time thus far, is willing to wait for his opportunity, and believes his ‘time will come’.

“I am convinced that my change was the right decision,” he told Sport Bild following Arsenal’s victory over West Ham.

“I’m not crazy. It may take a few weeks or months, but my time here will come.”

Emery defended his decision to start Cech for the Premier League opener away at Manchester City, claiming: “We want the competition with the goalkeeper and also every player in the squad.

“The position is the same. The same chances for all the goalkeepers.

“Petr Cech had a very good pre-season. He has experience of continuing to defend our goal.

“Leno is [just] starting with us, he is working very well and also played very good in pre-season. He can wait his moment.”


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