Bernd Leno is glad to have the support of the Arsenal fans after they voted him the club’s Player of the Month for March.
Thanks to the international break, Leno only played two competitive matches for Arsenal in March, but he had a big impact in both. The first was the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, where the goalkeeper pulled off the double save of the season and only ended up conceding to an illegitimate penalty.
The second was the 2-0 victory over Manchester United, with Leno making a number of key saves as he kept a clean sheet against the other of Arsenal’s main top-four rivals.
As a result, 70% of the Arsenal fan votes in March’s Player of the Month award went to Leno, which was more than enough to ensure he got the win. Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka finished in second and third place in the poll.
After finding out he’d won the award, Leno told the club website that he was glad to have the backing of the Arsenal supporters:
“Each player wants to have good support from the fans,” Leno said. “We all need the fans, me too, and it’s good to hear that fans like me or like the way that I play. I want to perform each game very well. But mostly I want to make sure the fans are happy as well.”
“It’s difficult to go to another country and another league. The Premier League is completely different to the Champions League and Bundesliga. Everything is stronger but we analysed everything so I could get used to it. After a few weeks, I was familiar with the football.”
Let’s hope that familiarity with the English game leads to more clean sheets and more good results for Arsenal in the final weeks of the season, as every result is now crucial for Unai Emery’s side.