VIDEO EXTRA – Bernd Leno’s Excellent performance v Wolves proves that Emery was right

Bernd Leno finally got to show his skills to the Arsenal boss Unai Emery when Petr Cech was out injured, and he obviously did enough to persuade the Spaniard that he was good enough to retain his place against Liverpool and then Wolves last weekend.

And did he prove his boss right with an excellent display to keep the Gunners in the game, and his distribution was also brilliant. So here is a video of that excellent performance….



  1. gotanidea says:

    I like his confidence, deliveries and how he plays with the ball

    But a few mistakes and wrong decisions like the one at the Liverpool game mean Arsenal cannot rely solely on him. He would still face many threats until the outfield players can truly dominate their opponents

    1. jon fox says:

      Well, I have to firmly disagree with your “many mistakes” comment. In the Liverpool game he made two mistakes, one of which cost us. Set against those mere two errors he has made countless saves, both in that match and all the others when he has played. Plus he is superb with his feet, unlike Cech. He is proving himself top class and frankly, though still early days, he looks to me our best keeper since Lehmann AND A CUT ABOVE MOST OTHERS SINCE SEAMAN.

      1. jon fox says:

        Apologies, to an extent at least, as you actually only said “a few mistakes and wrong decisions” which is less wrong than “many mistakes” which I got wrong. I would have put it as “he has made very few mistakes and many fine saves” and suggest to you that is the REAL truth.

  2. ThirdManJW says:

    He’s been our best player so far. Even in his one bad performance (Liverpool game), he still pulled off some crucial saves. It’s too early to say, but given what I have seen already, I think we FINALLY have a Lehmann replacement! We just need to find the next Gervinho now! Haha!

    1. Sue says:

      Haha Gervinho & his forehead are unique ?

      1. jon fox says:

        Not unique. A bloke down my road has a forehead that often gets mistaken for Gervinhos! Of course, I may be lying! Not much happening Arsenal wise this afternoon Sue. Got to fill my time somehow!

        1. Sue says:

          His forehead even has a Facebook page!!

          Got another 11 days yet Jon until Arsenal play again…. how will we cope??!!

          1. Admin says:

            I feel for you. I must admit I despair myself during international breaks. How do I keep you lot interested!

          2. jon fox says:

            And Mr . Admin, though we have not always seen eye to eye, it is on occasions like this 11 ghastly days break from our addiction that I really feel for you and am sincerely grateful for your valient and successful attempts to keep this site going and thriving,esp in the absence of any new news. If you will allow, I much admire what you and your willing team do to keep us ungrateful lot at each others throats. You must have the patience of JOB! I think I would rather have even the Prime Ministers job than yours, even on this impossible day for her. In case I make you blush I will stop now and the next time you hear personally from me it will probably be to complain. That is my more natural territory and even I think I am a miserable old git at times. My wife even bought me some wine for last Christmas and its name is “old git”. It is quite nice actually. So before you die of shock at this post, once again, you are a top man and I hope your arm is mending nicely!

          3. Admin says:

            Stop Jon you are bringing a year to my eye…
            And there goes my idea for your Xmas present!

          4. Kenny Rolfe says:

            We’re only 12 games in to the season and this is the 4th international break, it’s an absolute joke, meaningless boring friendlies.

          5. Sue says:

            I can’t stand it Kenny… sod England & Rooney tomorrow, I’m watching the darts!!! ?

          6. Sue says:

            I’m sure you’ll do a grand job in keeping us interested over this boring international break Admin!!
            And what is this I’m reading… has Jon’s wife slipped a soppy pill in his wine??!! ?????

          7. jon fox says:

            Sue, Every tme Prince Charles has a birthday ending in an 0, I have an attack of soppiness. It soon passes and for the rest of the decade I am the most miserable old git around. Bah! Humbug! Now I sound like Scrooge Kroenke. HELP!!!

  3. Aubamezzette says:

    He is very good with his feet and in one on one situations.. i like him but we still need the competition with Cech to continue.

  4. Big G says:

    what format is the video in.

    1. Kenny Rolfe says:

      Told you all at the beginning, Leno’s our No 1 and that Cech was finished when he left Chelsea. He should now move upstairs in to a coaching position and make Martinez our No 2.

  5. Break-on-through says:

    I don’t think the performance was as good as some are/were making out. He made one excellent save, but two of the top three saves from that game, was the forward hitting the ball straight at him and taking too much time on it so he could close down the space. And there was only three saves he made really, he was expected to reach everything else other than the goal scored. There would’ve been a fourth to make but for the near post goal, he could’ve read that one better, by getting out to him quicker so to suffocate it. There was possibly one other one, only he was lucky it cannoned off the angle of the crossbar, so it wasn’t on target.

    He had a good game, but some are driving it up too far, it was good if/though not great.

    His footwork is very tidy, he looks relaxed back there but not too relaxed. I’d say he’s actually decent at football and that he didn’t always play in goal. Wonder what he’ll be like in those last moments when everyone including the goalkeeper goes up. He’ll definitely head forwards, maybe we’ll see a clip of him doing it at one time. But yes, he’s accomplished looking but with a bit to learn, his positioning can be off or his calculations, prone to the odd misjudging. Mistakes are in every player so if he can keep them at a minimum he could go very far potentially speaking. Listening to Cech should be very good for him.

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