Filling in for Petr Cech was never going to be easy, but Bernd Leno is making it look like a walk in the park.
The summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen has taken some time to get adjusted to life in north London, but we’re finally seeing the best from German international, who has arguably been Arsenal’s best player since the turn of the year.
His performances against Manchester United and Tottenham won him Arsenal’s Player of the Month for the month of March, and last night against Watford Leno was against at his brilliant best, keeping the club’s first clean sheet away from home all season.
Leno, who is valued at £22.5 million (by Transfermarkt), has filled the mantle of Arsenal’s new number one perfectly, and his performances in recent months have made supporters all but forget about former goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was sold to Juventus in 2017 for a measly fee of £10 million as the Polish international asserted himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in world football.
Fans were outraged when Arsene Wenger allowed Szczesny to leave two years ago, but with Leno, the seasons of Cech faltering and conceding error after error have now been long forgotten, and at 27, the German keeper is only going to get better.
Leno has burst into life in the second half of the season, single handily keeping clean sheets for Arsenal and winning them vital points, and with time and a more solid defence, there’s no reason to believe that the keeper can be the number one in north London for many years to come.
Arsenal fans, how good as Leno been this season? Let us know!