Bernd Leno has had a rather encouraging first season at Arsenal this year, which makes the fact that we are writing an article about ‘what the future holds for’ him all the more bizarre.
However, it is one that must be written as it appears the Gunners have a number of transfer targets that they are lining up who would have to be considered good enough to replace the German if they did arrive at the Emirates Stadium this summer.
First things first, Petr Cech is obviously retiring from the professional game and will hang his gloves up following the Europa League final against Chelsea, although which of the duo plays in Baku remains to be seen.
With his retirement, there will be a need for the club to replace him. Hence all the transfer rumours currently being run through the mill.
However, with the names of Neto and Keylor Navas (Plaza Deportiva) both being linked with a switch to north London, Leno’s place in between the sticks as number one would surely come under scrutiny.
As mentioned, the German has been encouraging for Arsenal this season when called upon and has made a number of vital saves (remember that double one against Spurs.. WOW!). Admittedly, he conceded a fair too many as well. However, with the shoddy defence he has in front of him, even the best in the game would have seen the ball fly beyond them and hit the back of the net more often than they are used to.
Neto and Navas are both incredible shot-stoppers on their day and would challenge Leno for the number one spot in an instant; neither man would be prepared to sit on the bench and wait for their chance to impress Unai Emery.
Valued at £22.5million by Transfermarkt, the German should be left alone and look to become even better for the first-team. Obviously, having players of a certain calibre challenging him would make him further determined to be the best he can, however, the 27-year-old is younger than the pair and is arguably a better all-around performer than the duo.
Let’s not all forget Emiliano Martinez in this either. The Argentine shot-stopper is more than adequate of backing up Leno and his performances for Reading in the Championship in the second half of the campaign should leave Emery with enough confidence that he can deputise sufficiently.
So, what does the future hold for Leno? Well, it should be in between the sticks as Arsenal’s number one.
Arsenal fans, what do you think the future holds for him? Do you think the Gunners need Neto or Navas? Let us know below!
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