German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has signed for Arsenal Football Club from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
Here’s what the player had to say on his move to the Gunners:
Happy and proud to play for this great club @Arsenal in the future! I’ll do my best and I‘m looking forward to the start of the new season as a Gunner. 💪😉
— Bernd Leno (@Bernd_Leno) June 19, 2018
The Stuttgart academy product was not selected in Joachim Low’s 23-man squad for Russia 2018. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stergen (Barcelona) and Kevin Trapp (PSG) were preferred by the coach.
This signing could very well mean the end of Petr Cech’s Arsenal career. The Czech veteran has been at Arsenal for the last three seasons after a trophy-laden spell at Chelsea. He has won one FA Cup and two Community Shields since leaving Chelsea but looked very shaky in goal last year.
“We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us. Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.” – Unai Emery, Arsenal Manager.
This is Arsenal’s second signing since Emery took over from Arsene Wenger. Swiss international Stefan Lichsteiner joined on a free transfer before the World Cup.
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