Bernd Leno is simply not good enough for Arteta’s new Arsenal

Bernd Leno is a Problem

Sometimes, happily ever after stories don’t last. When we signed Bernd Leno several seasons ago and he promptly took over from Petr Cech as first choice, no one expected for things to change this much. We were set for a long time with the German. Until the club started having ambitions of playing modern football with a modern goalkeeper.

Now that we are linked to a modern goalkeeper from Ajax, albeit with some question marks, Bernd Leno has little place left in the future of the club. His distribution is quite insufficient and his traditional goalkeeping is not of such quality that it would be problematic to let him go. Emi Martinez, for instance, was as good a shotstopper while being commanding aerially and very good at passing out the ball. Bernd Leno only has his shotstopping going for him and that is, quite frankly, not enough anymore.

However, the links to Andre Onana has dried up ever since UEFA disciplinary board reduced his sentence. Reports say that Ajax are waiting on a bid from us having already sorted out a replacement. Other clubs are rumored to be interested but have not made any significant approach. So the question on everybody’s lips is why are we dragging this out?

The simple answer is Bernd Leno, again. It is not wise when doing transfers to sign a replacement while the player that is meant to be replaced is still at the club. That puts you at a great disadvantage when trying to sell the player as the buying club know that you have to sell so they can negotiate a better price for themselves. It is not that a club the size of Arsenal will suffer great damage by the poor sale of one player. However, it sets a precedent as well as making the decision-makers look poor at their jobs. For that reason and a little more, Arsenal would like to sell Leno before securing the signing of his replacement.
The problem with Leno, however, is that the market is dry for him. Most clubs simply are not looking for a new, starting goalkeeper, and in a financial year devastated by the impact of COVID-19, it’s a little bit difficult to move him.

And that is the problem Bernd Leno represents. He represents the old Arsenal that was full of players who were just alright and not good enough to compete at the highest levels of where the club hopes to be. Average players on insane wages with an inflated ego, which makes it problematic to move them off.

Some fans are of the opinion that we can still make do with Leno. But they ignore the fact that we are going to be playing a precise pattern of football going forward that simply doesn’t allow for mistakes, especially from the goalkeeper. If we continue with Leno, no matter who else we get, we’ll be limping into a new season.

Agboola Israel

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  1. Havyn says:

    I agree with you
    Leno not good enough to move us to a higher level

  2. kev says:

    ”When we signed Bernd Leno several seasons ago and he promptly took over from Petr Cech as first choice, no one expected for things to change this much. We were set for a long time with the German. Until the club started having ambitions of playing modern football with a modern goalkeeper.”

    From the comments you must have not followed Leno when he was at Bayer Leverkusen. He was a error prone and they will feel they got the better deal. Why would they sell a world class keeper to us when they didn’t have to?? Even the Cech signing was a poor one. When Mourinho tried to block us from signing him people here were calling him all sorts of things when it was clear he was past his best. If you say this they will say its hindsight but this is what I thought way back in 2015. What I envisage is that the club may want Leno to sign a new deal as well as sign a replacement.

    1. Hjörvar in Iceland says:

      TRUE very true your comment !

  3. Loose Cannon says:

    absolute truth. Sometimes i feel he plays with some duct tape across his mouth, never hear him commanding his area, organising his backline, except that pathetic look on his face once the ball has rolled over the line into the net.Neither has he the brains when to launch a quick counter and when to play from the back. We lost a Copa America winner by placing our trust on some third choice bench warmer.Mikel should seriously do something about this. With him and Xhaka I’m not confident for this season at all.

    1. edward joseph small says:

      The German Joe Hart!

    2. Jay says:

      Emi Martinez was not a Copa America winner before he left Arsenal. Yes he did well and won the FA cup with us, and that got into his head. Everyone appreciated his contribution and wanted him to stay, but he allowed the brief success get into him. He wanted a guarantee of the number one spot. No coach worth his onious would do that, especially when you have and injured number 1 who was doing well but for Injury on duty.
      Emi Martinez should have stayed at least for the first half of the season to compete for the shirt with Leno if he was so sure of himself. He left the club no choice but to sell him then.
      If Emi Martinez had stayed and failed to re-enact his previous form, same blame would have been on Arteta and the club. Martinez is gone, Arsenal should move on, there still many more good gollies out there.

      1. Argooner says:

        I’m sorry but your logic is not welcome on this site. Please come back when you have something more whiney and hysterical to say.

      2. siamois says:

        I agree with you barely a week of being on holydays he was appearing on radio shows was in newspapers…already agitating for a move away from Arsenal ” publicly demanding to be number 1 publicly he was on a PR tour after 10 years he could/should have shown more respect towards the club who stuck by him all those years(trained/ paid) him and don’t forget his interviews after signing for AV classless!!

  4. Hjörvar in Iceland says:

    I do agree with you ALL THE WAY !
    I was both sad and angry when they let Martinez leave for A.Willa last year. He had done great for us and we would have ended higher in the table with him in the team last term. So a BIG mistake maid .

  5. Declan says:

    OT, best wishes to Ivan Gazidis and hope he recovers successfully from throat cancer. Cancer is a real bastard!

    1. Sue says:

      Well said, Declan

    2. siamois says:

      Nice touch!👍 Wishing IG a speedy recovery too it is strange though cancer of the throat but he had no symptoms that’s why regular check ups are important.

  6. John says:

    Well done!! Great article, great angle to write something negative. It has clearly inspired other people, not Arsenal fans, to make comments. Great negative angle. Personally, I don’t think Leno is a bad keeper. But you guys clearly don’t know enough about Arsenal.

  7. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Just another player that has dropped performance level under the coaching of MA.

  8. kev says:

    To give clarity to the Xhaka deal: The deal to Roma is in principle, £17mil is the mark met. Roma have asked for a cooling off period as they probably have to push through a sale or two first . So it’s done but don’t be shocked to see this take a week or two before he fully leaves. Can happen today or tomorrow. Basically he’s a goner

    Reiss Nelson to Brighton on loan is looking likely at this stage. Don’t be shocked to see that happen with talks currently ongoing.

    Arsenal’s offer of 25m for Aouar is still on the table. If you see any bid of 20m in the mainstream media it has already been rejected. They are too late. Personal terms already agreed since last window and with basically little competition for him imo this deal will go through. The club after announcing White may work on the more complicated Maddison deal.

    Bellerin to Inter Milan is a done deal. Loan plus obligation to buy deal struck

    Wait for everything to play out as usual. Same with White and Lokonga

    1. gotanidea says:

      We also had little to no competition when signing the most expensive forwards in EPL and look at their inconsistencies now. Arsenal need to be careful when their target doesn’t have any serious suitor, because we’ve spent too much money for little contributions from our expensive flops

    2. Andy says:

      Max Aarons have any basis in reality?

      1. kev says:

        1st choice to replace Bellerin

    3. Argooner says:

      Why don’t you write your own articles instead of hijacking the comments sections of others?

  9. CERRY SASAKA says:

    i don’t agree with you. Coz the highest goal leno conceded were 3 goal in only 2 matches. Against liverpool and west ham. The rest of the matches he conceded only one goal. it was our strikers that never scored more Than 2 goal in most games. just like Wenger days he ones said ” they will score me bt, we will score more and win. take the villareal game we din’t concede bt needed just to score one goal wh blame Leno

    1. Bucco says:

      Yes, I think you are right. It’s our strikers who performed poorly last season. I think generally our goal and his defence performed much better.

  10. GunneRay says:

    They sold the wrong keeper! EMI is proving it since he was let go. Ridiculous decision making again. Amateurs..

    1. Johnze says:

      Yes and i wonder what would be emi’s value now. Plus the fact that he was loving the club and was homegrown and we have a homegrown problem now. It was really a disgrace that he evolved to one of the best keepers in the world and now we might have to splash again huge money to find someone that is not even on his level. Some people may say “arteria had no choice and blabla” but it was evident after his streak that he did deserve to stay 1st. The guy had wait patiently ten years ! Ten years !!!! And MA could not have asked Leno to be on the bench a few months the time to see ????! he could have sell Leno if he was not comfortable later for 20 easily. Some may say we needed money. For what ? Almost all the money we made with emi is already gone with one year of Willian !

      1. Argooner says:

        What homegrown problem are you on about? We have chambers, bellerin, holding, amn, willock, esr, saka, nelson, nketiah, balogun, martinelli. That’s 11 players, if we sign white and a homegrown back up gk and/or rb we can still sell up to 5 or 6 of those.

        1. Johnze says:

          We need 8. Your list include Bellerin that is almost gone. Your list include martinelli which is not homegrown for the next two years if i am not wrong (when he turns 22). Amn, willock, nelson and nketiah future with us is very uncertain, that’s the least to say…. That’s not my will, but reports strongly suggest they might go. The number would be at 5, and with white and a English GK 7. So yes we don’t have a problem right now but are close to it. At the very least it force the club to strongly take it into consideration when buying/selling. What is nice is that we might be forced to keep some of these homegrown players and that is good IMO except if we sell all but nketiah. Would prefer keeping willock, Amn and nelson.

          1. Argooner says:

            As Martinelli is under 21 at the start of the season he doesn’t need to be registered for the Premier League, and at the end of the next season he will have completed 3 years at the club so will qualify as homegrown.

    2. RDBN says:

      Don’t you read or listen to anything Martinez wanted to leave yes we had final say but we all know what happens to players with big egos never make it. I can name 4 or 5 but that’s another story. We need to look to the future Arteta has no excuses but if it goes wrong he will have some excuses lined up already.

  11. gotanidea says:

    He showed some ball catching improvement in our last five EPL matches, so I want to see how he can continue his good form this season. Before we find Seaman 2.0, let’s keep supporting Leno

  12. CERRY SASAKA says:

    in 35 epl matches,leno only conceded 37 goals. see the table PLAYER

    POSITION
    APPS
    CLEAN
    SAVES P90
    CONCEDED
    GOAL CON P90
    PEN SAVES
    AVG RATING

    Emiliano Martínez GK 38 3420 15 3.7 46 1.2 1 6.8 82

    Kepa Arrizabalaga GK 6 (1) 584 2 2.5 8 1.2 0 6.2 73

    Bernd Leno GK 35 3131 11 2.5 37 1.1 1 6.5 77

    Nick Pope GK 32 2880 11 3.6 37 1.1 0 6.7 84

    John Ruddy GK 1 (1) 90 0 3.0 1 1.0 0 6.7 56

    Darren Randolph GK 3 270 1 2.0 3 1.0 0 6.4 66

    Zack Steffen GK 1 90 0 1.0 1 1.0 0 6.1 64

    Dean Henderson GK 12 (1) 1124 4 3.2 12 1.0 0 6.7 84

    Robert Sánchez GK 27 2430 10 2.5 27 1.0 0 6.5 85

    Alisson GK 33 2970 10 2.5 32 0.9 1 6.8 92

    Ederson GK 36 3240 19 1.8 28 0.8 1 6.5 87

    Edouard Mendy GK 31 2746 16 1.9 25 0.8 1 6.5 90

    Kiko Casilla GK 3 270 1 2.7 2 0.7 0 7.1 54

    Caoimhin Kelleher GK 2 180 1 3.0 1 0.5 0 7.0 N/A

    Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson GK 0 (1) 15 0 0 0 0 0 – 59

    João Virgínia GK 0 (1) 47 0 0 0 0 0 7.1 N/A
    so is it a matter of defence or leno .mend had conceded 25,Alison 32,ederson 28, and martines conceded 46. in terms of clean sheets Leno was 5th best with 11 clean sheets, remember own goals and deflections from our defenders ,

  13. Pirate Dandy says:

    He has never been for me.

    1. godwin says:

      @kev, any update on Onana or possible 2nd choice goalkeeper for this season, as we definitely need a back up.

      1. kev says:

        Club still want him but also interested in Sam Johnstone and Neto. They opened talks for Johnstone recently

  14. Greco says:

    Emi is good but he left.Leno is the right man for the job and we love him and support him.
    COME ON YOU BERND LENO

  15. blave says:

    Leno is far from our biggest problem although it did seem maybe he dropped off a bit without competition from Emi. Without guys like Xhaka, Luiz and Mustafi around who were always good for some clownshoes defending moments, he should be just fine.

  16. Lance peters says:

    Leno is a weak goalkeeper. We sold Martinez to rake up funds for the Partey deal. Leno could not be sold as we had just purchased him earlier. We took a chance which has come back to bite us in the ‘back’

    1. Johnze says:

      i can’t get this argument. Leno arrived in 2018. He was already at the club for 2 years. What was the problem in playing emi because he had earned the spot… That happens often in different clubs. Someone is injured and a a young or other player just step up and dethrone the previous number one. This happen often. It happened with Anelka at the time, with Ashley Cole and sylvinho and so on. To Matt Ryan before he arrived. And etc… and especially to make only 20 and give 2 for runarsson. MA could have easily ask some time at least until Christmas before making this big risky gamble on selling emi who was flying during his spell. Leno could have been sold if he did not prove capable of regaining the spot after few months and did not like being second. Could have find some suitors after his decent 19-20 season… The thing i absolute hated was Leno proudly saying in September “i knew that i would stay 1st or something like that….”. This was not necessary. I don’t know what it means…

  17. Phenom says:

    How many GKs are better than Leno in the epl? Just a few!

    If anyone mention mistakes, then De Gea shouldn’t even be at United.

  18. Johnze says:

    It is sure that Leno is not the biggest problem at a club maybe not even a problem for us to get in UEL or maybe UCL. But this guy won’t probably get us further. But will he stay ? Does he love the club ? Not even sure. Does he have some room for improvement ? We are not a team that can go out and pay a huge amount of money on every position. So we have to find some good deals and seize opportunities. Onana is one i think. But it means that Leno will be 2nd or might be 2nd. And i don’t see any problem with that. The club can just sell him next summer because we are not sure anyway that he will extend beyond. That would be a blow after trusting him ahead of emi but that is a real concerning possibility. So for me the club should either extend Leno now or go for onana

  19. Sue says:

    I’m obviously in the minority for being happy with Leno…

    1. speedy says:

      sue would you take de gea over bernd leno. I wouldnt

      1. Sue says:

        No chance, Speedy, he’s past it, just like Cech was when we bought him… oh no 🤣🤣

        I’m very happy with Leno…

    2. Argooner says:

      How dare you! Dibu was clearly the best goalkeeper in the world when he was sold. Even Barcelona, PSG, Real Madrid etc knew that he would outgrow them too quickly, hence why only Villa and Leeds, true modern powerhouses of European football, came in for him.

      1. J says:

        The teams you quote also had already very good keepers. Real went for courtois, Barça has Stegen. Market is pretty stuck. But after his new heroics with Argentina i would expect Emi to move to a big club maybe next year…

        1. Argooner says:

          Those clubs were just examples, which is why i added etc. The point was that no top level club was in for Martinez, and why would that be if it was such an obvious mistake?

          1. Johnze says:

            Yes because he was at arsenal. No club really dare trying except villa and they were lucky to get him. Would you find big clubs trying to sign Leno too last year ? Or even this year ? Or inquiring ? Most keepers stay where they are in big leagues except maybe when they are in the top 5 of best keepers like a Buffon, a donnarumma, or courtois. But Emi was absolutely outstanding for Argentina, a talisman, no question. Can he replicate that long term might still be to see. I think it is down to his trajectory. he came from so far that this guy seem now more confident and hungry that anybody. I never said that he was by far the best keeper in the world but he is definitely a very strong one and that’s nice to see someone that worked so hard finally thrive.

    3. VasC says:

      Count me in, too. Leno’s points per game for a full season under Emery (18/19) is 1.81 compared against 1.63 under Arteta (20/21). If Leno has transformed himself into a “problem” right now, people don’t realise who created that problem in the first place. If Leno is absolutely the weakest link in the starting lineup, why the club is paying a premium price of 50 million quid for a CB? Based on that same argument, if the CB isn’t good enough, why put the blame on the GK?

      p.s: The opinion articles posted in the past couple of days are just “pro” management. How Guendouzi worse than a player who hasn’t featured for us in even a friendly fixture? How a right back signing going to define the future of the club? I guess the Kroenke’s fans forum act is taking shape in a different manner.

  20. Staxhs says:

    Leno might suffer from concentration lapses but he is way more better than the goalkeepers we have been linked with in this current transfer window. Every goalkeeper has the odd error in them even the presumed best of Neuer, Oblak,Ter Stegen and Ederson and he saved us more points than the forward line did last season imo

  21. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Agboola Israeli. It’s been quite some times now I’ve not read from you. So, how are things going for you? I hope fine.

    Coming from our last season’s campaign in all completions that saw our dear own AFC finished on 8th in table, and had a trophiless win season campaign in three Cup competitions as well.

    From this average performance showing by Leno in goal tendering for Arsenal, us and Arteta have seen that Leno hasn’t repose the confidence that Arteta has had in him at the beginning of last season to have preferred him to remain as the Arsenal number one goalie ahead of Martines who at then is 2nd to him before Martines led Arsenal to their 14th FA Cup win and a Charity Shield win also that followed. But all the two successes by Martines for Arsenal came from him when Leno was sidelined with injury.

    Therefore, since the Arsenal goal tendering situation has gone to the average level as Martinez kept manning it. It has then become imperative for Arsenal to raise the level at their goal tendering to a much higher level that will see at least 15 points saved in goalkeeping job for Arsenal in the PL next season.

    The level at the club’s goal tendering that needs to be raised to a higher level can be achieved by Arsenal if they recruit a new top quality goalkepeer who has the goalkeeping capacity to save at least 15 points for the club in the PL next season. But if the club can fine one to sign him and can afford to pay for his transfer cost price.

    But why have Arteta and Edu allowed the signing of Onana to slipped through their fingers for Arsenal this summer. When they duo Arsenal chiefs known within themselves that Arsenal need to do an upgrade in the club’s goalkepeer department this summer? So that the club will have an enhance PL performance that will see Arsenal finish in the PL top-four places next season.

    And do the 2 Premier League goalkepeers whom Arsenal are linked with for signing one of them this summer as backup to Leno shows that the club aren’t ready to sign a new goalie who can give proper competition to Leno for his money ascending to the number one goalkepeer position for the club, to subsequently have the club’s goal tendering improved considerably on the average goalkeeping level that Leno had for Arsenal last season?

  22. Aaron says:

    Keeping is more than just making saves.

    Want someone to claim their box, come and get the crosses or free kicks in the box, and the most important, calming the defenders.

    That is the “it” factor and Emi had it.

  23. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Agboola Israeli. It’s been quite some times now I’ve not read from you. So, how are things going for you? I hope fine.

    Coming from our last season’s campaign in all completions that saw our dear own AFC finished on 8th in the table, and had a trophiless win season campaign in three Cup competitions as well.

    From this average performance showing by Leno in goal tendering for Arsenal, us and Arteta have seen that Leno hasn’t repose the confidence that Arteta has had in him at the beginning of last season to have preferred him to remain as the Arsenal number one goalie ahead of Martinez who at then is 2nd to him before Martinez led Arsenal to their 14th FA Cup win and a Charity Shield win also that followed. But all the two successes by Martinez for Arsenal came from him when Leno was sidelined with injury.

    Therefore, since the Arsenal goal tendering situation has gone to the average level as Leno kept manning it. It has then become imperative for Arsenal to raise the level at their goal tendering to a much higher level that will see at least 15 points saved in goalkeeping job for Arsenal in the PL next season.

    The level at the club’s goal tendering that needs to be raised to a higher level can be achieved by Arsenal if they recruit a new top quality goalkepeer who has the goalkeeping capacity to save at least 15 points for the club in the PL next season. But if the club can fine one to sign him and can afford to pay for his transfer cost price.

    But why have Arteta and Edu allowed the signing of Onana to slipped through their fingers for Arsenal this summer. When they the duo Arsenal Chiefs know within themselves that Arsenal need to do an upgrade in the club’s goalkepeer department this summer? So that the club will have an enhanced PL performance that will see Arsenal finish in the top-four places next season.

    And do the 2 Premier League goalkepeers whom Arsenal are linked with for signing one of them this summer as backup to Leno shows that the club aren’t ready to sign a new goalie who can give proper competition to Leno for his money ascending to the number one goalkepeer position at the club, to subsequently have the club’s goal tendering improved considerably on the average goalkeeping level performance that Leno had for Arsenal last season?

  24. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    Leno is clearly a slightly above average Keeper, but that evaluation dips drastically when you consider the particular tactics that Arteta wishes to deploy…obviously the whole Emi sale was a purely economically-inspired endeavour, albeit a totally short-sighted one…of course, Leno’s injury likely complicated matters further, as it would have negatively impacted his market value, at that particular time…as such, either you blame our absentee landlord for not financially supporting a move for Partey or whomever, without the selling of a clearly valuable asset, or you blame Arteta for opting for a misguided “retooling’, which meant he didn’t sell other players like Laca, Xhaka etc.., to help facilitate the aforementioned acquisition…just more amateur hour organizational missteps

  25. JW says:

    Given a choice of:
    keeping Leno, or
    keeping the biased ex Brentford goalkeeping coach we are saddled with

    there is no contest for me

    Before even thinking of ditching Leno,

    DITCH THIS GOALKEEPING COACH

    Then make a rational decision on what to do with Leno!

  26. Sean Williams says:

    I generally agree. Leno does not control his penalty area very well. He is a good stop stopper but poor at penalty area domination. I do think we need to upgrade our goalkeeper if we really want to challenge for trophies.

  27. Joe. S says:

    Much adu about nothing again. For all his gaffs Leno was not responsible for Arsenal’s eighth. Blame the manager for lack of creativity, blame Aubamayang and Lacazette for missed chances and not being in the right places in front of goal. The entire premise of the article is stupid. It implies that Arteta is building a super team which is going places. So far we haven’t seen anything yet.

    1. Alanball08 says:

      Joe
      Leno is not a priority position but we do need an upgrade
      Sean is absolutely correct
      He does not command his box
      His distribution is wayward and he probably cost us about 6 to 7 points last season
      Go see where an additional 6 to 7 points puts us.
      Emi is gone and it was his choice. We got good money for him considering his Contract status. We wish him all the best but not against us
      Fact is there seems to be a shortage of good goalkeepers out there so maybe stays between the sticks for now

      1. SueP says:

        Agree
        What is done, is done
        And hindsight is a wonderful thing

        1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

          hindsight would only apply if Martinez hadn’t been so spectacular before he was shipped out and if we didn’t know Leno was so inept when it came to playing out from the back…furthermore, just ask yourself what you think these two Keepers are worth in the open market as of today…let’s face it, this club needs to be hammered whenever it screws up in the hopes that this might help to deter future boneheaded short-sighted managerial decisions

  28. Joe.S says:

    Agree with you both Sean and AB08 that Leno is not the best candidate out there but also think that a lot of the above crying over Martinez is redundent. Would he have made much of a difference in cleaning up the gaffs made be the likes of Xhaka, Luiz Holding, Bellerin and Co? Yes, Arsenal need to find another David Seaman, Bob Wilson or even veteren Pat Jennings standard but as you also mentioned there are not many candidates out there who will also not have their brain snaps. Don’t forget Arsenal were still able to finish top four with Alumnia also fondly known as ” the Spanish waiter”.

    1. Alanball08 says:

      I so forgot about Alumnia..I suppose it could be worse
      I was surprised to see a stat that we had the 3rd best defence in the league last season and if that was the case we have improved a heck of a lot
      Problem is we have sacrificed that but our movement and lack of goals up front has come down
      Hopefully we get it right all over the pitch this season and push on up from 8th to a least a top 6 spot
      Big Pat. Hands like shovels
      Can’t remember if there was much fuss made when he joined us from the spuds
      Nothing like when sol joined…

  29. Ayan says:

    All these hullabaloo about goalkeeping. I don’t understand? What’s new about Arteta Arsenal after almost 2 seasons. There could be better goalkeepers better than Leno out there, but what matters is getting good mid-fielders and defenders and a sound and experiencced Coach or else even the best Goalkeeper will leak goals and commit errors if the defences are not ok.

  30. Johnze says:

    We also have runarsson. we went for him for 2m and he earns 40k a week. So we threw away basically 4m for almost nothing (2 games with mistakes). I am not sure we could offload him given his paycheck way above what a small club would be willing to pay for this kind of very very average player…. And he still have 3 years of contract. Hopefully he wants to play first.

    1. Biscuitbum says:

      It’s amazing how Arsenal think that the goalkeeping position is one where we can save money, cut corners etc. Buying second-best to save a few million isn’t the answer.

      1. Johnze says:

        Absolutely. Runarsson is such a good investment that we had to go again in the market few months later and still we are… Very bad signing and waste of time for the club. We should have find one good option before selling emi because now clubs play hard ball with us knowing we are in need of someone.

  31. Alberto Noam says:

    TRANSLATION::::: I don’t think the first GK is a cause for concern. Before talking about Leno’s bad performances (which are normal for any goalkeeper, although they are unacceptable), I think you should look at who is in front of him in the defense of the area. Bellerin in decay, Chambers (very limited that he cannot start on this team), Holding (which honestly, I don’t see any security and quality in him), Luiz and his inconstancy, Mari with his slowness, Gabriel and his carelessness… Out of the opportunities missed by an Auba in a bad season ahead. I don’t think Leno is a problem, quite the contrary, the distribution can be improved with training, but it’s no use bringing a new GK if you don’t change the pieces in front of you. And another one, Emi is gone, we don’t have to dwell on her game, while she was in front of goal it was very good, but Leno has also been there several times since he arrived, including saving us many times and guaranteeing important results, but unfortunately the supporters they only see its flaws.

    Não acho que o primeiro GK seja motivo de preocupação. Antes de falar das más atuações de Leno (que são normais para qualquer goleiro, embora sejam inaceitáveis), acho que deve-se olhar para quem está a frente dele na defesa da área. Bellerin em decadência, Chambers (limitadíssimo que não pode ser titular nesse time), Holding (que sinceramente, não vejo nem um pouco de segurança e qualidade nele), Luiz e sua inconstância, Mari com sua lentidão, Gabriel e sua displicência… Fora as oportunidades perdidas por um Auba em péssima temporada lá na frente. Não creio que Leno seja um problema, muito pelo contrário, a distribuição pode ser melhorada com o treino, mas de nada vale trazer um GK novo se não mudar as peças que ficam a sua frente. E outra, Emi se foi, não temos que ficar remoendo sua partida, enquanto esteve a frente da baliza foi muito bom, mas Leno também foi por diversas vezes desde que chegou, inclusive nos salvando muitas vezes e garantindo resultados importantes, mas infelizmente os apoiadores só enxergam suas falhas.

  32. Biscuitbum says:

    As has been said, when we signed Leno, we knew he was capable of the odd mistake, but it has to be admitted that without a few Leno high profile howlers, we would at least have finished ahead of spurs, and possibly made the Europa League. There’s no need to dwell on the horrendous mistake in letting Martinez go, and I hope that even the arsenal hierarchy now accept that. Ramsdale for £30m would be my solution, or at a pinch, Sam Johnstone. Ramsdale will know he has to remain in the Premier League if he wants to remain in the england set-up. He only has to ask Jack Butland, who stuck with Stoke after their relegation, and has almost sunk without trace. Surely Arteta must realise a top keeper can be worth quite a few points.

  33. Prof.Wenger says:

    Leno is a good goalkeeper, but he has to change his style of goalkeeping, creating good plays for his teammates and talk to the defenders. Martinez was better with these points and that’s why we are still remembering him.

    1. Biscuitbum says:

      We should get in a new keeper, preferably Ramsdale, and look to sell Leno. As before stated, we knew Leno was capable of occasional howlers, but we chose to ignore that fact. I know of no keeper who has reached Leno’s stage in his career who has managed to eliminate these errors. Leno is still a saleable asset, but it would only take a few poor games for his value to plummet.

  34. Asad Ahmed Ansari says:

    It goes two ways, if we sell first then for the new goalkeeper its club knows that we are desparate to buy and will raise the price….

  35. Ayodeji Isaac says:

    I don’t think Leno is that much of a liability that going with him as a first choice into the new season would be “limping”.

    Can we do better than him? Yes, definitely. And eventually we will. There are links to goalies everyday (both the encouraging and the maddening). Meaning it’s something the club is aware they have to do. But for now, I’d prefer we tackle our chronic problems in the middle and up-front, and sell the deadwood.

    I’m all for Leno staying one more year. Rebuilds don’t happen in one window. You don’t want to stuff the team with so much too soon and start wondering, weeks into the season, why the lads are playing like complete strangers.

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