Although Arsenal have just spent a massive amount on bringing Bernd Leno over from Bayer Leverkusen this week, I can assure you that for the next 12 months he will be learning the ropes from Petr Cech and the new keeper coach Javi Garcia from PSG.
It has been widely reported that Leno was not picked for the German national team because he seems to have suffered a crisis of confidence in the last campaign, and although we all hope that he can benefit from the change of scenery we will only be seeing him in action in the Europa League and the League Cup while Cech plays out the final year of his contract with the Gunners with the Number One jersey on his back for the first and last time..
This has now been further confirmed by Unai Emery when he gave out his list of Arsenal captains in yesterday’s pre-game conference. After Koscielny, Cech was the first on his list! He said: “After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.
“I want leaders in the team, every player at every time to have the capacity to show leadership, but these are the five players who have a possibility to be the captain.”
“I want leaders In The Team” he said. Is that not evidence enough that Cech will be starting tomorrow against Man City? I would add that the big man was definitely in brilliant form in the pre-season games and looks determined to fight for his place. So as some readers have been saying that they were worried about Leno coming in, they can breathe easier knowing that he will be learning and hopefully improving drastically in the coming year….