All top-class goalkeepers make mistakes, some more than others, they also make some great saves and feed confidence to the defence but some people are questioning whether Bernd Leno falls into that category of a top-class keeper.
For the record, I actually rate Leno very highly and believe that he will be the Arsenal number one for years but I have seen murmurings on this site and elsewhere questioning the Germans reliability.
I accept that he does make mistakes, he clearly did against Tottenham but then he also made a fantastic save from Son and overall I do find him reliable, put it this way, Hugo Lloris, David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga have made just as many, if not more, mistakes than Leno over the last 12 months.
Leno’s distribution does leave a lot to be desired, that is the weakest part of his game but apart from that, I cannot see any justification in questioning his quality at the highest level.
It should also be remembered that he does not have a world-class defence in front of him and because of that he is called into action far more often than he should be and that does lead to mistakes because any keeper with a dodgy defence in front of them is called into action more often and the law of averages means mistakes happen.
I have no doubt that if Liverpool’s Alisson and Man City’s Ederson had to play with the Arsenal defence they would end up making just as many mistakes as Leno.
Seems to me that some perspective is required and Leno is a genuinely top-class keeper.