New Arsenal signing sends message to Petr Cech
The Arsenal signing is relishing the chance to learn from veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech
Bernd Leno is relishing the chance to learn from Petr Cech at Arsenal next season.
Arsenal appointed Spanish head coach Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement following the 2017-18 season.
Emery has wasted no time leaving his mark on Arsenal after the Gunners boss signed five new players in the summer transfer window.
The new Arsenal manager has brought in Leno in a £20m deal from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen last month.
Cech has been the north London side’s number one since his £11m move to Arsenal from Chelsea FC in the 2015 summer transfer window.
The Czech Republic goalkeeper has taken over the number one shirt since the end of the 2017-18 Premier League season.
While Leno will be competing with Cech for the number one spot at Arsenal next season, the Gunners signing is excited to learn from the Czech shot stopper.
“Petr had a big career with many, many trophies and he’s still a big goalkeeper and a big personality,” Leno is quoted as saying.
“But I have to look at myself and play my game, work every day, very hard, to be the first choice of the coach.
“I will learn a lot working with him every day. He has big experience and played many games. I have a lot of experience too, but he has much more, so I can learn from him.
“He is a goalkeeper I admired when I was growing up. I can remember my first game in the Champions League, when I was 19, was against Petr. After the game he said it was a good game for me.
“It was seven years ago and now we are together at Arsenal, it’s crazy.”
The Gunners snapped up Swiss veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner from Serie A giants Juventus and Greece international Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund to improve their defence.
Emery has also overseen the additions of Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and Lorient teenager Matteo Guendouzi.
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the Gunners managed to find the season unbeaten.