Arsenal fans were understandably excited when they heard about the signing Berd Leno over the summer.
After all, the young goalkeeper has been a mainstay in Bayer Leverkusen’s line-up for quite a while, racking up plenty of game-time in the Champions League as well as in the top-end of the Bundesliga table.
Unfortunately, new Gunners boss Unai Emery has stuck with reliable old Petr Cech between the sticks so far this season, much to the annoyance of supporters.
You see, Cech is quite possibly one of the best goalkeepers that’s ever played in the Premier League.
He’s won everything, after all, and even finished up with the Golden Glove award as recently as the 2015-2016 season – the fourth time he’s won award.
But it’s fair to say that he’s starting to go a bit downhill, and last season made a handful of costly mistakes.
He’s endured a stuttering start to this season too, failing to grasp Arsenal’s new style of play under Emery – which includes passing the ball neatly from the back.
In fact, in Arsenal’s first Premier League game of the season against Man City, he very nearly scored an own goal when he tried to pass the ball to one of his full-backs.
Not exactly confidence inducing, eh?
So it makes a refreshing change to see Leno start in goal for the Gunners this evening in their opening Europa League game against… checks spelling Vorskla Poltava, our new favourite band of Ukrainians.
And so far, he’s look excellent with the ball at his feet, confidently spraying passes to his full-backs and showing he’s a competent distributor of the ball.
We imagine Cech will end up back in goal for the Gunners when they face Everton on Sunday, but a strong and error-free performance tonight will certainly do his chances no harm.
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