The Gunners made a return to winning ways in the Premier League after four successive stalemates thanks in part to Leno’s commanding performances in the Arsenal goal.
Joshua King cancelled out Jefferson Lama’s own goal to leave the Premier League clash level at the break before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a 67th-minute winner.
Leno, though, was called upon to make five stops during the 2-1 victory to help Arsenal secure a valuable three points in their pursuit of a top-four finish.
The German goalkeeper has acquitted himself well in the Arsenal team since filling Petr Cech’s void after the Czech Republic shot stopper suffered an injury in September.
Arsenal remain unbeaten with Leno in goal ahead of their clash against third-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at The Emirates next week.
Former Gunners playmaker Merson singled out Leno for special praise before he produced another stellar performance in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
“[Leno] is doing really well, isn’t he?” Merson told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday.
“He looks a good goalkeeper, he looks like he’s got a good temperament as well. He’s made some great saves.
“They’re always out of danger, he doesn’t gamble, he doesn’t go ‘oh I think he’s going to hit it there’. That’s reading the game to the highest level.
“He’s been outstanding, absolutely outstanding.”
Arsenal signed Leno in a £21m deal from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window to improve their options in goal.
The 26-year-old Germany international made 304 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen before his move to Arsenal.
The Gunners haven’t finished in the Premier League’s top four since 2015-16 but look set to challenge under Unai Emery this term.
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