Leno insists he has no toxic feelings towards Arsenal

Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno insists he has no bad blood towards Arsenal after leaving the Emirates to join the Cottagers.

Although Arsenal chose the German over Emi Martinez in 2020, he did not justify that decision which forced the Gunners to add Aaron Ramsdale to their squad as a first choice.

Fulham came forward for Leno in the summer after Matt Turner moved to the Emirates and the Germany international is now helping the PL’s new boys.

However, he wasn’t happy with how the Gunners took the number one spot from him, according to multiple reports and that should make him angry towards the club.

But in a recent interview, Leno insists he has no negative feelings towards the club.

‘I don’t have toxic [feelings] or bad energy for Arsenal,’ he told the Evening Standard

‘It didn’t end in the perfect way, but my reception at the Emirates was really good. I get fans coming up to me saying, “thank you for your four years… you were very good.”

‘I was really happy with my performances. Even when they dropped me, I did nothing wrong. I came through the front door and I left through the front door. I still have a connection to the club.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

No player is happy when they lose their number one spot, but they are professionals and know they could be replaced at any time.

Leno had chances to make his performances better but never did. The German could get the playing time he wants now that he plays in the Premier League with Fulham.

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  1. Lad on Sunday just step aside on seeing Martinelli approaching your goal and all will be forgiven

  2. “ Leno had chances to make his performances better but never did. ”

    Perfectly put. End of story

  3. Leno was, and is, a very fine Keeper who may well prove it on Sunday.He has proved to be a real bargain for Fulham and in our haste to accommodate Turner we gave him away at a huge discount.

    1. Imo Leno has some major strengths but there are holes in his game (specifically dealing with crosses and playing with his feet) – he showed that in the first game vs Fulham if I’m remembering correctly.
      Turner has areas he could improve, like anyone I suppose, but he doesn’t really have any major weaknesses. Imo we’re better off with Turner backing up ramsdale than we were with Leno.

  4. Yes Leno is a good lad and we want to wish him well, but Turner is much better between the sticks from what I have personally seen

  5. My initial reaction on watching Turner was unfavourable, but he has impressed me since and looks a very decent keeper.Will be play against Lisbon?

  6. Leno was suspect on crosses and too many times was not commanding in the box when needed. Playing out from the back was his biggest weakness IMHO, and distribution left a lot to be desired.

    Sometimes it just doesn’t work out long term for players or club. Such was the case with Leno, but our club and Leno are both better off after the change.

  7. Top professional. Never threw the toys out of the pram when things were not going his way and is still very respectful.
    Only hope he has a dip in form or some lapses on Sunday as we need the 3 points and Fulham are playing very well.

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