Does Arsenal signing Bernd Leno mean the end for Petr Cech?

It would appear that Arsenal have beaten Liverpool and Napoli to the signing of the Bayer Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno after reaching an agreement with the Bundesliga side yesterday, according to Calciomercato.

It was earlier reported that Leverkusen would not accept an offer from Napoli when their director of football Jonas Boldt announced to German media to confirm that the Bundesliga side is not going to accept offers below € 25 million.

“We are not even going to sit around the table for an offer of € 18 million”, Boldt said.

So it looks like Arsenal have agreed to match his release clause to take him to the Emirates. The report states: Arsenal have agreed to sign Bernd Leno from Bayern Leverkusen, can confirm.

According to Sportbild the release clause of the German goalkeeper expired yesterday but Arsenal have reached an agreement with the player and with Bayer Leverkusen too.

Leno was a top transfer target of Liverpool and Napoli and although the nerazzurri had reached an agreement with the German goalkeeper, the partenopei failed to wrap up a deal with the Bundesliga side who have now reached an agreement with the Gunners.

They also go on to relate: Leno will become Arsenal’s regular starter with Cech relegated to bench role. The contract of the Czech Republic international expires in 2019.

Arsenal will pay a fee between € 20 and 25 million to secure the services of the talented goalkeeper.

So will Petr Cech really be made second choice keeper? Or will he decide to move elsewhere for first team football. The latest rumours say that  he could go to Napoli after they lost out on Leno, but considering that Cech chose to move from Chelsea to Arsenal so he didn’t disrupt his family by moving out of London  I think it very unlikely that he would suddenly go to Italy. Can we expect to see the big Czech playing in our Europa League side next season?



  1. Rkw says:

    We do need a good GK but not the reason we have been falling short in recent seasons … There are bigger priorities … So far from World Cup main take always are need to sell Campbell and Iwobi … Neither up to top EPL standard … And the episodic excitement of fans about the pair of em is just dumb … Looking forward to seeing how ozil does later and xhaka up against real quality should be telling …

    1. Hayzed says:

      So you prefer us selling Iwobi and then keep that one footed Chaka who is not good at anything,he is a complete liability who will never add anything to a team.
      Each time I remember his contract renewal, my blood will just begin to boil, even as am typing now, I am damn so angry

      1. Rkw says:

        I’d sell xhaka too along with Ramsey … That would generate 60 m with bit of luck … Easy to upgrade on pair of them and then make AMN a bench option with elneny and or wilshire … The worry at this moment is that any mid field combo we can put together will not deliver a top 4 place let alone challenging

  2. Eddie Hoyte says:

    Whiny Arsenal fans, Ozil just returned and Low just started him, you guys think Low is stupid to always stick by using Ozil and ignoring the shiiit people say about Ozil?
    Low has created the perfect system for him to be able to use Ozil, Wenger never did and even at that, his stats are 2nd to none in the EPL. Wenger is gone can we all stop the bashing and negative comments about our players for at least even a season?

    1. Lugdush says:

      Mmm carlitos vela is playing better as n10 than ozil…and vela is not a nunber 10, is playing in USA, and probably earning 1/6 than ozil salary.
      I hope he (ozil) start to play better

    2. gotanidea says:

      He just let Lozano skipped past him to score against Germany, when Kimmich was out of position. Lozano was linked with Arsenal last year and he is a very quick inverted left winger

      I didn’t see anything special from him in the first half so far, despite surrounded by Werner, Draxler and Muller. Let’s see whether he still has the passion in the second half

      1. Eddie Hoyte says:

        Yea, he’s been poor in the first half..he better wakes up on time. The match is a lively one though. I’m loving Mexico’s pace on the counter

      2. Mobella says:

        Skipped past him in the box? So you expect him to bring him down in the box and concede a penalty. Lozano was a heard of and got to the ball first in the box. Their is not Ozil can do there.

    3. A.ball08 says:

      Lowe with a e and he a luxury player we can not afford to have in the side if we play a pressing game
      Whilst he is a good player and not a great player i personally think his game is not suited to us and never has.
      He has never really showed up in big games and if we are going to make a big push then all games will be big for us and hence he won’t be showing up.
      Cash in and ship out
      His wage structure is now causing us prob with others

  3. Is that Carlos Vela Carlos Vela???

    1. Reyesorarsenal says:

      Am as surprised as you. .thought someone said no one left arsenal and got better?
      Can you see ozil strolling as usual?? His lack of balls just caused Germany a goal.
      Ozil is gonna be further exposed in this World Cup as Germany doesn’t fancy playing their only out and out striker which is Mario Gomez.
      And I think Germany went with too many players without balls where is schurlle.. Poldi and such likes that can score out of nothing?
      And please… I don’t want draxler in arsenal

  4. gotanidea says:

    If Leno really comes, I think Cech would move

    1. Reyesorarsenal says:

      I’ll pay his flight fees

    2. sanmi.marvellous says:

      It is Ospina who is likely to move on.
      Cech plays EPL matches, Leno handles cup games

  5. Counsel says:

    Seems that this world cup will be won by a dark horse big teams are struggling,We made mistake by signing Ospina instead o Ochoa,Ochoa was the stand out keeper last world cup I can’t see Germany beating him despite having much of the ball,he is equal to everything so far.Ozil is the weakest player on the pitch

    1. gotanidea says:

      Ochoa always performs very well in World Cup, but I don’t know about his performance in the league

      Ozil didn’t look motivated as usual, perhaps he is content with his trophy collection and his huge salary. Arsenal should find a more passionate CAM that is still hungry for achievements

  6. lol says:

    Leno is not the finished article. He has to be more consistent and less error-prone. He’s more suitable as a replacement for Ospina and a prospect who will hopefully improve after a season or two


    Ozil hardly ever tries to beat his man and shoot. It so irrating because the few times he does try hes actually good at it.
    Well done Mexico!

  8. Unai Emery says:

    Ozil was walking…. He was played as a no.10 but instead he played like a holding midfielder who’s only job was to pass to kimmich or kroos,, apart from that he was standing still or walking

  9. He Stole My Boots And My Dog says:

    If Ozil cannot turn up for the world cup he will never turn up for Arsenal.
    I don’t understand why we keep him on.
    He loves the lifestyle football brings, with its obscene salaries but just cannot be bothered.
    Massively over rated.

  10. i think our second keeper should be given de chance now to keep..he’s been patient enough

  11. RSH says:

    Thought Germany were good today. Created a ton of chances, but Ochoa is in goal, and Mexicans were just too passionate. Mexico were essentially playing at home too, haha. What they should really be concerned about is how vunerable they were on counters. A team like Brazil would’ve scored several times against them. 7-1 doesn’t mean anything this time around. Personally I thought Ozil was just okay. Nothing to write home about

    1. Sue says:

      I thought Germany were pretty poor…

  12. Innit says:

    Ozil was decent today but better than he usually plays for us

    I think it’s because he has better quality surrounding him, not just in front but behind also.

    We desperately need to get two more quality central midfielders to improve Ozil’s performance

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