Arsenal signing: What I love about the Gunners

The Arsenal goalkeeper joined the Gunners in the summer for a fee reported to be as high as £22.5m

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno Photo: Bernd Leno / Instagram

Bernd Leno says that he is loving his time at Arsenal since his summer move from Bayer Leverkusen.

He only made his debut coming off the bench for first-choice keeper Petr Cech in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford.

He admitted he initially struggled to adapt to the lack of playing time but praised his teammates for helping him settle in.

Leno told Arsenal’s website: “Of course I didn’t play so many games, but my feeling was very good and I feel like the team is very nice.

“The club is like a family and I love this, so let’s keep this going on.”

Leno began his life as a professional with VfB Stuttgart’s second team where he made 57 appearances in the third tier of German football.

He moved away from his hometown initially on loan to Leverkusen, before signing a six-year contract with the Bundesliga side in 2011.

He appeared 304 times for Leverkusen over six years, as well as being called up for the German national team, appearing six times for Die Mannschaft.

His move to Arsenal was initially met with skepticism from former Arsenal players, but keeping a clean sheet on his debut will do much to quell fears of reoccurrences of the errors which cast doubts over his ability.

However, with Cech reported to be out for at least the next two weeks, Leno will most likely play in Arsenal’s fixtures until Cech’s return.

He could face Qarabag, Fulham, Leicester and Sporting Lisbon in that time and the 26-year-old will truly be under the Arsenal microscope for the first time.

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