Goalkeeper Bernd Leno made his much-awaited Arsenal debut in their 4 – 2 victory against Vorskla Poltava in their opening Europa League match at the Emirates. Although the entertainment was provided by Aubameyang’s two goals, the intrigue was provided by the new man between the post for Arsenal. Many at the club expected the German international to be the first choice keeper for them since the start of the season, but a transformed Petr Cech had other plans. But how well did the German perform?
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The most important attribute for a keeper to have this season, between the posts is distribution. And the Arsenal keeper started really well creating an attack with his very first touch of the ball as he clipped a fine pass into the centre of the pitch. Most of his work after that, in terms of distribution, was fairly simple and he kept it that way which is the first sign of a confident keeper. As far as the saves are concerned, Arsenal dominated the game so much, that Leno didn’t have any saves to make at all. Yes, they conceded two goals late on but the goals came because of defensive errors and the shot was hit too well for Leno to have done something about them. If at all there was something he could have done better, it would be coming off his line and collecting the ball more often. If at all he starts against teams that like to play the ball in from wide areas, it wouldn’t be the best idea to stay on his line to deal with the shot, rather than coming out and collecting the ball.
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Overall, the German had a good game, but it wouldn’t show Emerey more than what he has already seen from the young German. Game time improves any keeper in the World and a gifted one like Leno will only become better with game time. If the Arsenal manager decides to stick with Cech against Everton, then Leno’s next one would be against Brentford on Wednesday.