Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has praised Bernd Leno for his on-pitch qualities but says the German will have to win something to be a success at Arsenal.
Leno had to make an unexpected Premier League debut at the weekend, coming on after Petr Cech picked up an injury. He made a few good saves and high claims, helping Arsenal to a clean sheet. However, there are still doubts about the goalkeeper stemming from Unai Emery’s refusal to use him in league matches until now.
Lehmann doesn’t have those same doubts about his fellow countryman though. He gave his thoughts on Leno to the media over the weekend and appears to be a big fan of the 26-year-old.
“He’s a very good shot-stopper, he’s calm, good with his feet,” Lehmann told Standard Sport. “To be a success at Arsenal he will have to win something.”
It’s great to see former players giving endorsements to Arsenal signings, for once. In general, they just seem to go on about how the Gunners should’ve signed someone else, so this makes a change.
Hopefully, Leno can live up to Lehmann’s words. He showed good shot-stopping ability against Watford, and he’s impressed with the ball at his feet in each of his three competitive appearances. If he plays well in the long-term, I’m sure the trophies will come eventually.