Gunners legend Lehmann has big message for new Arsenal star Bernd Leno
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann thinks it will take goalkeeper Bernd Leno time to adapt to life in England in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old joined the Gunners in the summer from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth around £22 million and was expected to walk straight into Unai Emery’s starting line-up.
But the Spaniard took a big chance and preferred Petr Cech for the season opener against Manchester City, a call which has been praised by many fans and former players as they feel Leno is not quite ready to be the clubs number one.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Lehmann said: “It’s a big club, Arsenal.
“It’s a different style of game, a different expectation, and obviously a different competition.
“Sometimes these guys aren’t used to that competition. I don’t know how he’s doing in training, but it tells you something if a guy who cost £20m, and has been chosen by the new manager, but is not playing. That’s the strength of the squad, a misjudgement probably, but no-one knows because we are not there in training.”
Here is what we think.
It was a great move by Emery to give the nod to Cech, as he is a proven Premier League star will help Leno develop and improve, and now the German knows he will not walk straight into the side, he will have to fight and prove himself, just what Emery wants.
In too many positions over the pitch are their no competition for places as the Gunners have a great player, then an average player on the bench, too many players have become comfortable so making the two stoppers compete for the number one jersey will only improve both.
It is just a shame to see Emery didn’t get the backing he needed to spend a few more funds, as he could have done with back-up to Mesut Ozi, Aaron Ramsey and a few more players who know a bad performance will not see them dropped from the side.