Unai Emery has confirmed that Bernd Leno will play more minutes for Arsenal in the next week, and refused to attach any blame to the goalkeeper for FC Vorskla’s goals on Thursday.
Leno made his debut in mid-week at the Emirates Stadium, in a 4-2 victory for the Gunners. Reporters asked Emery what he made of the German’s performance after the game.
“For Leno, it’s the first match,” Emery began. “I think that we conceded two goals but not for a mistake [from him]. For him, it takes minutes for the game and confidence for continuing also because he will be continuing to play matches in the next week.”
Emery is right, there really wasn’t much Leno could do about Vorskla’s goals. Both were so powerful and at such close range that there are very few goalkeepers around who could even have got near to them.
That last part is the most interesting comment though. Arsenal have two games coming up in the next week, one against Everton and one against Brentford. Presumably Cech will keep his place in the Premier League at the weekend, so that implies Leno is set to start in the League Cup.
Previously, many thought Emi Martinez might get a game in the competition, but it seems Emery wants to give his summer signing another chance to prove himself.
Leno does deserve more opportunities. He showed how capable he is on the ball against Vorskla, and can hopefully do the same off it once he faces a shot that isn’t impossible to save. We’ll see.