Bernd Leno reveals role Unai Emery played in Arsenal transfer
The Arsenal signing sheds light on his conversation with Gunners boss Unai Emery ahead of his summer move
Bernd Leno has revealed that he did speak to Unai Emery before the Germany goalkeeper completed a move to Arsenal.
The Gunners signed Leno in a reported £20m deal from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday evening.
The German shot stopper has put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the north London outfit.
Leno will be tasked with competing with current Arsenal number one Petr Cech and the Gunners’ second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina for a starting spot in Emery’s side next season.
The 26-year-old shot stopper made 304 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen during a six-season spell in the first-team following his move from Stuttgart in the 2011 summer transfer window.
Leno shed light on his conversation with Emery ahead of his move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
“Yes,” Leno said. “Of course Arsene Wenger was always the coach of Arsenal but now it’s a new chapter for Arsenal.
“I spoke to him and he said to me that he thinks that I’m a good goalkeeper and he wanted me to come to Arsenal.
“So for me it was clear that the club and the coach want to sign me so I’m happy that all people in this club said that I’m a good goalkeeper and wanted to sign me.”
Leno became the second signing of Emery’s reign at Arsenal after the new Gunners boss brought in veteran Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner in a free transfer from Serie A giants Juventus earlier this month.
The Gunners finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League spot for the second successive season.
Arsenal finished Arsene Wenger’s final campaign in charge without silverware.