Bernd Leno ‘will earn the team points’ according to former Arsenal shot stopper

Monday, February 24th, 2020 3:04pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Lee Harper thinks Bernd Leno will continue to improve in between the sticks for the Gunners.

The German 'keeper has needed to put in some spectacular performances this campaign. His defenders in front of him, certainly under the Unai Emery regime, hardly offered him much protection.

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Arsenal’s number one is currently second in the league for shots saved, having kept out an impressive 98 efforts on his side’s goal.

Goalkeeper was a position the Gunners have notoriously struggled with, most fans would say since the departure of fellow German Jens Lehmann.

Failed stints for Manuel Almunia, Vito Mannone and Łukasz Fabiański to name but a few had left The Emirates faithful  pondering whether they would ever have faith in one of their shot stoppers again.

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Premier League legend Petr Cech came in during the summer of 2015, but even a goalie of his calibre struggled during his spell in North London.

However, having acquired Bernd Leno for the small sum of £19 million from Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal finally seem to have found their man, and former Gunners keeper Lee Harper would agree.

Speaking to Andy Hodgson’s Kicking Off, Harper gave his thoughts on Leno and what he can offer Arsenal in the future.

“He looks steady, you know he will earn the team points. He’s learning all the time and I hope that Arsenal can keep him around because he’s young, he’s made some great stops.

“He’s one of those that seems to be steady and within a back four or back five, whatever system you’re going to play - those defenders want to know that behind them someone is not going to have a rush of blood to the head and come out and make stupid errors.”

Harper was speaking before Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Everton, where Leno gave a mixed account of himself. Arsenal’s number 1 was partly at fault for the Toffee’s second goal, but also made some superb second-half stops to preserve his side’s lead.

“He’s going to continue to grow with the more he plays and gains experience. Goalkeeping is massively decision making and confidence.”

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