Leno happy to learn from Cech and Cech is happy to teach him

The arrival of Bernd Leno at Arsenal provoked debate as to who would be the Gunners first-choice keeper in this coming campaign. Cech now has the coveted Number One jersey this season, and I still think that he will be first-choice while Leno settles in and learns from the Maestro. Leno seems to be looking forward to learning from him too. The German said: “Of course Petr has a lot of experience and played many games. I have a lot of experience too, but he has much more, so I can learn from him.

“Petr has had a big career, he’s won many trophies and is still a big goalkeeper and a big personality. But I have to look at myself, and work hard every day to be the first choice of the coach.”

Cech is also full of advice for Leno andsays he needs to learn to adapt to the EPL and there is no one better to help him that Petr, who has been at the top here for ever. “You have to play your game and you have to find your way through,” Cech said.

“There are so many things that a goalkeeper coming to the Premier League has not experienced in a different league.”

“Obviously you have the physicality and the way the game is played in the Premier League,”

“The goalkeeper is not as protected as in Europe or different leagues. So I think that is something you need to find your way and deal with and obviously the quicker you do it, it is better for you.”

So I think that Emery will not take the chance of pitching Leno straight in against Man City in the opening League game, but rely on Cech’s experience. He may gradually introduce Leno in smaller games and let him integrate into the ways of the Premier League before making him the real Number One.

What do you think?



  1. Phelyx says:

    I get this feeling that Ramsey is leaving

    1. ks-gunner says:

      And you dont need to be sad. Arsenal is building a new identity now and you should welcome it as we will do just fine. In case of him leaving i am sure that we will find a good replacement.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Agree, we still have Smith-Rowe and Maitland-Niles

        1. GunnerJack says:

          Well said! We are not desperate for a replacement which would only undermine our young players. Chuck ’em in the deep end – just like we did with Fabregas when Vieira was injured many moons ago.

    2. kev says:

      Let’s wait and see.In my opinion,he will sign after we end our pre-season.I don’t think he’s going to leave.Chelsea and co are interested but if he really wanted to leave he would’ve pushed for a move already.Also,by this time I can say with 100% confidence that we’ve given him the best possible contract we can give him and actually met his demands else there’d have been news of him wanting to leave and stuff like that.He has also verbally agreed to sign but hasn’t yet signed.I see him signing this week imo.

      1. Bread ? ? says:

        Let it go kev… no one is buying this crap anymore. Ramsey hasn’t verbally agreed any sh!t

    3. Namo says:

      Ramsay has been good for us, no doubt about that. He’s had his own fair share of injuries too, but the positive part is that he’s still kicking on. Unlike some other players that got derailed as a result of injuries.
      Having said that, I don’t think he’s worth losing sleep over. If he doesn’t want to sign unless he gets superstar wages, then I’d say sell him and replace him with someone better. No need to waste too much time on the issue. Sanchez created a toxic atmosphere, we can’t allow Ramsay to do same.

  2. Grimlar says:

    The fact that Ramsey hasnt yet signed a new contract means there is potential for him to go, but I dont think either he or the club want him to leave, so its all about the club making the right offer. Ramsey seems to want a bit more money than the club are prepared to offer at the moment.

    As for Cech and Leno, I think it was always on the cards that Cech would start this year as number one and Leno would gradually take over as he got used to the Premier League. If Cech does well helping Leno this year, then I would be hoping for Arsenal to help him move into a coaching role when his contract expires next summer.

  3. KAY BOSS says:

    Hope Ramsey stays but won’t blink an eye. Hope another DM is signed to relieve the pressure off Torreira. A winger as well.
    NB: Guys should limit their expectations on Torreira, he’ll be new to the league and will take time to adjust.

  4. ks-gunner says:

    Leno has still much to learn and he has the right mentor to learn from as a rival in the club. Liverpool new keeper was the res keeper at Roma while our Sezny ( forgive me) was the main one, but with hard work and time he is being considered world class now.

    1. OzzieGunner says:

      Let’s hope they both display a mature and professional approach to competition and mentoring. Can only be positive for the Arsenal.

  5. barryglik says:

    Hard to see Leno pitched
    in immediately v Sheiky
    then Chelsea away.
    More likely he will start in the Europa league
    v super clubs like Skenderbeu, Napredak Kruševac
    and Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar

    1. Ingleby says:

      Sounds like a character list from Lord of the Rings

    2. Vlada from Kruševac says:

      What’s wrong with Napredak Kruševac?

  6. OzzieGunner says:

    Arsenal are running out of time. Ramsey, and more importantly his agent, must realize that clubs aren’t fighting for his signature. He is kidding himself if he thinks he will get a better deal elsewhere.
    Like Van Persie, Ramsey has forgotten how Arsenal stood by him and supported him through his injury periods; other clubs would have sold him on years ago.
    If Ramsey doesn’t sign, then make him available for transfer; any more than £5 million paid for him is a profit.

  7. Durand says:

    Maybe he is concerned that he may lose his spot in the next few years, and wants guarantees?

    Guendouzi, AMN, and Smith-Rowe have skills, and all 3 pushing very very hard for more than bench gig on first team.

    I honestly think they are his competition now, and 2 years will surpass the Welshman.

    Rather move forward without him. The 3 studs we have in midfield already, by this time next year I don’t believe we’ll miss Ramsey a single bit.

    1. Durand says:

      Smith-Rowe far better technically; just watch them play. Amn and Guendouzi have same engines, AMN far better defender, and Guendouzi far superior in decision making and passing.

      Writings on the wall for Ramsey, and maybe he wants guarantees to start, what else? Money is there, years, captain talk, manager said virtually everything except “Ramsey always starts, form doesn’t matter.” I can’t think of another reason, can anyone?

      1. ACE says:

        I dont blame Ramsey or his management
        team for attempting to hold Arsenal to the
        sword for that last big contract. However in
        this case AFC imho hold all the leverage and
        honestly dont need to acquiesce to the
        Welshmans ridiculous wage demands.
        Although very green as EPL players, i
        genuinely believe Emery has the confidence to play AMN, ESR and Guendouzi in important fixtures both domestically and in Europe. If
        Xhaka can find some consistent form I simply
        dont see an assured starting spot for the
        Welshman in a seemingly crowded and
        talented midfield.

        If AFC wish to keep Ramsey offer him an
        improved contract based on his REAL value
        to the club not what the Welshmen arrogantly perceives it to be. If he refuses to sign within
        the next week ship him off to the highest
        bidder and attempt to strengthen by the close
        of the window or in January.

  8. Innit says:

    Ramsey is a good player but also is the most injury prone player we have. Even more so than Wilshere was. Just adding that in there.

    Ramsey is good enough to start in any mid table or lower team. BUT the transfer fee isn’t the problem. It’s salary. Mid table teams won’t offer as much as us. Foreign teams won’t either.

    If he leaves then we must get a suitable experienced replacement. I like Niles and Rowe but we can’t rely on them. Too Inexperienced

    Problem is that there is only 9 days left.
    So maybe a loan deal for someone is possible and we can Replace Ramsey next summer.

    1. Durand says:

      Xhaka and Torreira in a 4-2-3-1 midfield, until others are ready. Elneny also

  9. ThirdManJW says:

    Leon HAS to be our number one! I know he can learn a few things off Cech, and apparently Leno just had a poor season, but he’ll be learning from a poor version, of a once great keeper. Cech hasn’t been good enough to STILL remain our first choice. If we genuinely want to move forward, then we have to stop being sentimental. Love them or loath them, the likes of Ramsey, Cech, Welbeck, etc, need to go. As did Santi, and Wilshere as well, and many others. They’re either not good enough, or injury prone, but one thing is constant, they’ve all had more than enough opportunities.

    1. Innit says:

      Yep. They were played too much. Iwobi too.
      They have reached their peaks. What we see what we get. Even Bellerin had no real competition last season and he was poor.

      Also Emery needs to get tough with Ozil, Xhaka and Bellerin. Bench them if they perform poorly. Give them competition

      I hope the reason we haven’t seen many sales this summer is because Emery wants to raise their value for next summer.

      1. jon fox says:

        Spot on !

    2. Ingleby says:

      Hard to disagree with the cold hard logic stated here.

  10. Innit says:

    Cech will be a good teacher. Hes won the PL, Champions League, FA Cup, Golden Gloves. Over a decade in the Premier League with top team.

    However, if Leno wants to save penalties he will need to ask someome else.

    1. GunnerJack says:

      The main thing Cech must teach Leno is how to deal with the EPL bully boys as he will surely be targeted in his first season, similar to de Gea. Also needs to tell the defence to give him some cover/protection. I think Unai will be well aware of this.

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