Bernd Leno conceded that “nobody feels safe” in the fight to be Arsenal‘s top choice goalkeeper. The £19.2million summer signing from Bayern Leverkusen has edged out Petr Cech as Unai Emery‘s first choice shot-stopper having started the Gunners past four League matches.
Cech, who had manned the goalkeeping position in seven of the club’s opening nine matched, has been experiencing a hamstring injury but was back to action as of late only to sit on the bench against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League a week ago and again in Saturday’s entertaining stalemate against Liverpool.
Be that as it may, Leno was partially to blame for James Milner’s 61st-minute opening goal, palming out Sadio Mane’s cross to the midfielder through a redirection off Rob Holding.
However, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has stated his decision will be based on the goalkeeper’s performance in matches and in training instead of characterizing an unmistakable chain of importance for the season and Leno stated:
I am proud and happy that the coach decided on me and I will give my best performances so that won’t change.
“But Petr pushes me every day because nobody is safe to play. I think both of us will play many games this season and so the performances have to be good every time.”
Leno also rejects claims that he was at fault for Milner’s goal on Saturday when he palmed Sadio Mane’s cross into the path of James Milner.
It was a little bit unlucky because I just touched the ball with my fingertips and it fell to one of their players.
But that is the life of a goalkeeper. It was a hard cross but if it had fallen to one our players there would be no goal.
Leno does not know if he will retain his place for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon but knows that victory at the Emirates will guarantee first place in Group E.
If we win this game, the group is finished for us and maybe we can change a lot of players for the last two games.
“Sporting is the biggest team with us in this group. We beat them in Lisbon and we if we win this one we will win the group and can focus on other things for the rest of the year.”
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