Former Manchester United defender turned Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville just loves to give his opinion on Arsenal and while most of the time he is just jumping on the bandwagon having a go, he does on occasions come out with opinions that are worthy of debate.
Basically, Neville has called into question the quality of Bernd Leno, in fact, he has done more than just question his ability he has outright stated that he does not think the German is anywhere near the other top keepers in the Premier League.
“We talked about the goalkeeper, Bernd Leno’s mistake,” Neville said in his Sky Sports column. “I don’t quite trust him.
“I don’t think he’s anywhere near the class of the other top goalkeepers we have in the Premier League.”
Personally, I do disagree with Neville on this, however, I have had enough conversations with fellow Gooners and seen comments on here that his view of Leno is not necessarily a minority view.
His distribution, coming for crosses and general judgement does seem to be areas that some Arsenal fans are concerned about and to an extent they are right.
However, when I compare Leno’s performances to David de Gea over the last 12 months I believe that he compares favourably with the United number one and de Gea is considered top-class.
Seems to me that when Leno makes a mistake his credentials are called into question but when it is Hugo Lloris or de Gea that it is just one of those things and all keepers make mistakes.
For me, the biggest test is how does one feel when Arsenal are under attack and the truth is I do not worry about Leno cocking it up but I do about our defenders.
Do you agree with Neville’s assessment that Leno is not top quality or do you feel he is being unfair?