The German international Bernd Leno arrived at Arsenal with much fanfare from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, and everyone thought that after paying over 20million for him, Arsenal would immediately make him first choice between the sticks. But I made it clear back in June that Cech would still be Number One this season while Leno learned the ropes and playedin the Europa League matches, although very few readers believed me at the time.
But now Unai Emery himself has confirmed that this is the case, and told reporters that ‘the decision is easy’. When asked about Cech, he said: “I am very happy with his performance,”
“He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity.
“Also, with Bernd Leno [it’s the same]. They are two goalkeepers who are important for us. They have different qualities but for us in the way we want to play, they can [both] play.
“For Saturday, the decision for me is easy. Petr Cech can continue to start the match, I believe in him. [But] If Bernd starts, I believe in him also.”
So it looks like we won’t be seeing Leno in action until the Europa League start in a month’s time (barring an injury to Cech of course).
Are Arsenal fans now happy with that?