All you need to know about Arsenal’s new man

first_imgBREAKTHROUGHHe came through the youth academy at Stuttgart and at 19 years old was loaned to Bayer Leverkusen in 2011 where his career took off.Initially it was a half season loan, but the club quickly made it permanent. “We signed Bernd in 2011 as a very young keeper and put him in a position of great responsibility straight away,” the club’s sporting director Jonas Boldt said upon his transfer to Arsenal.“He immediately repaid that confidence both in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. Bernd has consistently performed well for us over the years and he made his full international debut while he was here,” he added while wishing him luck in the Premier League. 2 Bernd Leno has joined Arsenal after seven years at Bayer Leverkusen The 26-year-old Leno has played six times for Germany SHOT STOPPINGLast season, in a 2-0 defeat to Schalke, Leno displayed his superb anticipation by making this incredible save to deny Breel Embolo a goal when the forward tried to chip him in the last 10 minutes of the game.MISTAKES? HE’S MADE A FEWActually, this is more of a howler. In a 1-1 draw with Augsburg, Leno tried to clear a harmless back pass, but sliced the ball, which ended up in his own net. On the international front he he made two costly errors in Germany’s Confederations Cup game against Australia when he twice failed to hold onto the ball leading to goals. Thankfully, the world champions won 3-2 en route to lifting the trophy.BRAVERYHe puts his body on the line for the team and has taken a few boots to the face as a result.HIGHLIGHTScenter_img Arsenal have made a second signing of the summer.The Gunners moved fast to snap up Germany and Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, who missed out on a place in his national side’s World Cup squad. He cost £19.3million and follows Stephan Lichtsteiner to the Emirates.Name: Bernd LenoDate of birth: 04/03/92Position: GoalkeeperClub: ArsenalHonours: U17 European Championship, Confederations CupInternational: Six Germany caps2017/18 season stats: 30 Bundesliga games, nine clean sheets and 72 save for Bayer Leverkusen 9 – Bernd Leno saved 9 penalties in @Bundesliga_EN, no other active goalkeeper more. Support. @Arsenal @bayer04fussball pic.twitter.com/bZ7K5zEzOn— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) June 19, 2018QUALITIESSince the 2014/15 Bundesliga season, Leno has kept 45 clean sheets, second behind Bayern Munich no.1, Manuel Neuer. Arsenal’s new signing, though, has more of an Iker Casillas feel about him.“I used to watch a lot of Casillas growing up,” he told bundesliga.com. “He’s perhaps peaked now, but he won it all and has been unbelievably consistent. He’s calm and no-nonsense, I’m the same. I don’t have to make a show of myself to stand out.”In the most recent season, Leno made a total of 72 saves as Leverkusen finished fifth. He is also not bad when facing penalties, either with his nine saves from the spot being more than any other current goalkeeper in the Bundesliga. 2last_img

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