For the last few years, Arsenal’s goalkeeping situation has been one of the most predictable parts of their team selection. Since the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea, the trophy-laden shot-stopper has been the undisputed first choice, and there didn’t seem to be any chance of that changing. However, change it most certainly has this summer with the arrival of Bernd Leno. For the first time since his move to North London, Cech has serious competition for the goalkeeping berth, and with a new manager too, Cech is far from safe. It’s certainly going to be a battle, but who deserves to get the nod?
There isn’t much to separate Petr Cech and Bernd Leno, based on last season’s form.
The duo are neck and neck in terms of appearances, total saves, clean sheets and minutes played – and that’s a testament to the quality that both possess.
However, at 26-years-old, Leno is still improving – whilst Cech has been getting considerably worse over time. These stats don’t quite tell the whole story. In fact, there were moments last season in which Cech looked a shadow of his former self, and a lack of consistency was a real problem for the club.
That is why Leno was brought in.
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There really is only one answer here.
Regardless of form, it’s clear that Leno is the future at the Emirates. Form is important of course, and he stands up to Cech, but this is something that goes beyond just one season.
He’s been signed to be Arsenal’s long-term goalkeeping solution, and the sooner that process begins the better.
This is a bit of a no-brainer for Emery, in reality – but Cech will battle, as he always has done.
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