The Premier League players who have made the most errors leading to goals including Pickford, Alisson and Trippier

14 Mar

Gareth Southgate’s admission that Jordan Pickford is still England’s No.1 certainly raised a few eyebrows.

The Three Lions boss named his squad to face Montenegro and the Czech Republic on Wednesday and declared Pickford is still the main man between the sticks.

Origi capitalised on Jordan Pickford’s error in the Merseyside derby in December

Not only is Burnley shot-stopper Tom Heaton in terrific form, but the Toffees star has made a rather unfortunate habit of making costly errors this season.

In Russia, the 25-year-old became something of a cult hero with his performances for the national side.

His penalty save in the shootout against Colombia and a series of gravity-defying stops against Sweden captured the imagination – even inspiring Ross Kemp to take his short off and film a number of questionable videos….

But his mistakes in the big games are beginning to cost Marco Silva’s men and the fact his position in the national team seems secure is surprising, to say the least.

Kieran Trippier missed a penalty in the 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup

Pickford is not the only Englishman to struggle after an incredible summer, with Kieran Trippier failing to replicate his form from Russia for Tottenham Hotspur.

But who has been the most error-prone player this season according to official Premier League statistics?

Scroll down to see the top 15 players who have made errors leading to goals.

Kieran Tripper (Tottenham Hotspur) – 2

Kieran Trippier even had his Wikipiedia page changed after an own goal against Chelsea

Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) – 2

Seri was once courted by Barcelona and Arsenal, but that is hard to believe now

Sergio Rico (Fulham) – 2

The shot-stopper has been woeful for the Whites

Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – 2

The Brazilian No.1 opted against joining Chelsea in the summer

Ben Hamer (Huddersfield Town) – 2

Hamer is not even the Terriers’ first choice keeper…

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) – 2

The centre back is powerful and aggressive in his style of play

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) – 2

Dunk has not made it back into Southgate’s England squad

David De Gea (Manchester United) – 2

De Gea is normally assured between the sticks for the Red Devils

Charlie Daniels (AFC Bournemouth) – 2

The left-back is one of the first names on Eddie Howe’s team sheets

Harry Arter (Cardiff City) – 2

Arter is on loan from Bournemouth this season

Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – 3

The German has struggled at times in his first season in English football

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – 3

The goalkeeper allowed this shot from Heung-Min Son to pass through his body

Asmir Begovic (AFC Bournemouth) – 3

The former Chelsea keeper has endured an error-strewn season

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – 3

The Ivory Coast international will not play again this season

Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 4

Pickford has made the most errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season

Arsenal news: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a masked super hero celebration planned against Manchester United

12 Mar

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ready to wheel out his super human goal celebration.

The Arsenal striker, who has previously donned a Batman mask to celebrate a goal for Borussia Dortmund against Schalke in 2015, had planned to show off his flamboyant side against Manchester United.

Aubameyang and Marco Reus as Batman and Robin in 2015

However, after tucking away his penalty in the 2-0 win, he was left stumped.

“I had a special celebration planned but I couldn’t find my mask,” he explained.

“I asked a member of the staff to put it in the back of the net but when I scored the penalty I couldn’t find it.

“But no worries. Maybe next time.”

Aubameyang had a special celebration planned if he scored against Man United, but couldn’t find his mask

Arsenal are next in action on Thursday night when the Premier League side host Rennes in their Europa League last 16 second leg tie.

Aubameyang’s penalty for the season took his tally to 19 in all competitions and will have been relieved to beat David de Gea from 12 yards considering Hugo Lloris saved his previous spot-kick in the north London derby.

“I watched my miss against Tottenham a lot. I knew that I made a mistake but I felt confident on Sunday and everybody said I would score this time.

“After Alexandre Lacazette got the penalty, he threw the ball to me and said, ‘You have to shoot’. And I was ready to score.”

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United beat Arsenal 3-1 in the FA Cup in January which saw Jesse Lingard perform the moonwalk in celebration of a first-half goal and later described the Emirates as a ‘dance floor’ in a social media post, which Mesut Ozil had a cheeky dig about after the game.

Arsenal goalkeeper said players remember things like that. “In your mind you will never forget something like that, when somebody is celebrating.
“You don’t want to see it again so we were motivated and we knew before the game about our chance because United had one more point than us. Now we have two points [between the teams] and that was enough motivation for us.”

The Gunners are now fourth with Champions League qualification a real prospect.

“We had two great games against Tottenham and Manchester United and now we feel it’s in our hands,” Aubameyang added.

“We know that it will be tough but we are really hungry to get back into the Champions League.

“That’s been our goal since the beginning of the season and we know that we have two ways to achieve it — with the Europa League — but the Premier League is the first and most important way.”

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners signings under Sven Mislintat assessed, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lucas Torreira, and Unai Emery

23 Jan

Sven Mislintat’s departure from Arsenal has come as a shock as the turbulence behind the scenes at the club comes to the surface.

The German will officially leave on February 8, 2019 just over a year after being made head of recruitment at the club.

Arsenal plucked Mislintat from Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal said in a statement Mislintat “has done a truly outstanding job in helping us recruit players who are making a big impact now and will do so even more in the future.”

The Gunners have made eight signings since the 46-year-old has been at the Emirates and this got us thinking – how good have they actually been?

Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s review of how Arsenal’s eight newest signings have done so far and what the future is likely to hold for them.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8/10

It’s been almost a year since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal and he’s been good so far.

He’s a world-class forward, scoring 24 goals in 36 Premier League appearances and always looks a threat, especially when playing alongside fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette but manager Unai Emery is often reluctant to play two strikers in a game.

Aubameyang, 29, has a few good years left in him and the only concern for Arsenal may be that bigger clubs could pursue the Gabon international if the team doesn’t progress. For now though, his future at the Emirates looks very secure.

Aubameyang moved from Dortmund for £56million

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5/10

Another January 2018 recruit, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was part of the swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United.

The Armenian has hardly set the world alight at Arsenal but he’s had much more of a positive impact than Sanchez has at Old Trafford.

Injury has held Mkhitaryan back a bit but Gooners will be hoping he can improve after his latest setback – a foot injury sustained in December.

At the moment it looks like Arsenal got the better deal but not by much

Konstantinos Mavropanos – 5/10

The 21-year-old has made just three appearances for Arsenal since signing over a year ago but a lot of this is due to injury.

Konstantinos Mavropanos picked up a groin strain at the start of the season and only returned to training this month.

However, he’s viewed as a long-term investment and could even get his chance to impress soon with injuries to Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal’s leaving their defensive resources depleted.

The Greek was signed for £2.2million – peanuts in today’s market.

Lucas Torreira – 9/10

It’s between Aubameyang and Lucas Torreira as Mislintat’s best recruit but the Uruguayan edges it because he was a player that Arsenal desperately needed.

Torreira is a tough-tackling defensive midfielder, who breaks up the play of the opposition well and has given Arsenal the steel they have lacked in the middle of the park for so long.

He’s popular with the fans because he’s a player who wears his heart on his sleeve too. This was in full flow when he scored during Arsenal’s fantastic comeback win over north London rivals Tottenham in December.

Torreira celebrates his goal against Spurs

Torreira was injured briefly during the Christmas period which coincided with a downturn in form for the Gunners, illustrating just how important he is. They can’t afford to lose him.

Bernd Leno – 6/10

Bernd Leno started out as Emery’s No.2 goalkeeper but the German got his chance to impress in late September and hasn’t looked back since.

He’s not the perfect goalkeeper but is an improvement on an ageing Petr Cech, who is retiring at the end of the season.

Leno came on for Cech during Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Watford in September

Cech’s retirement also suggests Leno will be viewed as the first choice keeper for many seasons to come.

Stephan Lichtsteiner – 4/10

The Swiss veteran joined on a free transfer from Juventus in the summer but has struggled to replicate the same form as he did in Turin, so far.

Whether that’s because the players he’s around are not as good or if, at 35, the years are catching up on him but Lichtsteiner has been distinctly average.

Lichtsteiner’s contract with Arsenal expires in the summer

The right-back only signed a one-year deal last summer and he probably wouldn’t be missed that much but we could see him figure a lot more after Hector Bellerin was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 5/10

Sokratis Papasthathopolous joined in the summer from Borussia Dortmund for £18million and has been decent value for the fee.

The Greek has shown good leadership in some games – working well with Laurent Koscielny to keep Eden Hazard quiet last weekend during their victory over Chelsea.

Hazard was kept at arms length last weekend

But there have also been some disastrous defensive performances from Arsenal this season including a 5-1 defeat at Liverpool in December.

Sokratis should stick around for a few more years but if Arsenal are serious about challenging for league titles in future then they’ll have to recruit someone a bit better than the 30-year-old.

Matteo Guendouzi – 6/10

This score might be a bit harsh as Matteo Guendouzi has shown he has talent in some games but the Frenchman hasn’t done it consistently enough at present.

Guendouzi could be a player Arsenal struggle to keep hold of in the future

The Gunners signed Guendouzi in the summer from French club Lorient and at 19, he is definitely viewed as one for the future.

He’s made 20 out of a possible 23 appearances in the Premier League for the club which is an impressive haul for a player who’s still developing.

Unai Emery – 7/10

When Arsene Wenger said goodbye to Arsenal after 22 years at the club, whoever succeeded the Frenchman was going to be the most important piece of recruitment under Mislintat.

Wenger waved goodbye to Arsenal in May 2018 after 22 years in charge

And generally, Emery has been a success. He guided Arsenal to a 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions earlier this season. The fixtures were generally quite kind to them but it’s still a noteworthy achievement.

However, with the departures of Mislintat, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and director of football Raul Sanllehi all in quick succession, the circus upstairs could prevent the Spaniard from restoring Arsenal as a team that regularly makes the top four.

Emery has made a good start as Arsenal boss

Kepa Arrizabalaga vs Alisson Becker vs Bernd Leno – who has been the best Premier League goalkeeper summer signing?

16 Nov

The summer transfer window saw three of the so-called ‘Big Six’ Premier League teams splash out big money on new goalkeepers.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal spent a combined total of £157.9million on bringing Kepa Arrizabalaga, Alisson Becker and Bernd Leno to England.

An unprecedented amount of money was spent on goalkeepers in the Premier League in the summer

Alisson’s £67m transfer to Merseyside in July was a record fee for a glovesman, only for that to be surpassed a matter of weeks later when Kepa completed his move to Stamford Bridge for a whopping £71.6m.

Meanwhile, Leno joined Arsenal for the cheapest price of £19.3m – still a sizeable amount for a goalkeeper.

So how have the trio performed at their respective clubs?

talkSPORT has gathered the evidence to see whether Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have acquired duds or studs.

STATS

Clean sheets

  • Kepa:          9 in 16 games
  • Alisson:          8 in 16 games
  • Leno:              3 in 9 games

Goals conceded

  • Kepa:          9
  • Alisson:          10
  • Leno:              8

These stats certainly suggest Kepa is performing the best. He has kept one more clean sheet than Alisson and has played the same number of games as the Reds stopper.

Kepa has also conceded fewer goals than Alisson. Leno only has three clean sheets to his name but has played fewer games.

However, if the German is to keep going at the same rate then his clean sheet rate and goals conceded rate will be worse than both Kepa and Alisson’s.

MISTAKES

When a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it’s likely to directly lead to a goal. Therefore, an ability to not make any errors is the mark of a great keeper.

Again, Kepa comes out on top with only one slight mistake so far – letting Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s long-range shot squirm under his hands during Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal.

Leno has only made one small error which led to James Milner striking a loose ball home during the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool earlier this month.

The error count does not look too kindly on Alisson, however, with mistakes against Arsenal and Red Star Belgrade leading to goals.

Alisson’s arrival has not put an end to the mistakes in Liverpool’s goalmouth

He also conceded an embarrassing goal during the Reds’ 2-1 win away to Leicester in September. Fortunately for him, it did not cost his side any points.


Has Alisson improved Liverpool?


IMPORTANCE TO TEAM

Kepa was a very important recruit following the departure of Thibaut Courtois but to label him as one of Chelsea’s key players would be a stretch.

Should Kepa ever get injured, the Blues have Willy Caballero ready to step in. Losing the likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho or Cesar Azpilicueta would be much more of a concern for Maurizio Sarri.

Leno arguably has similar importance to the Gunners fold as Kepa has too. He was needed to gradually replace an ageing Petr Cech but Leno’s absence would not be a disaster for Arsenal.

Leno came on for Cech during Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Watford at the end of September

His level of importance will rise if he can continue to impress though.

Alisson is vital to Liverpool, however. Despite his tendency to commit sloppy mistakes, his presence has restored some order from the dark days of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius being the No.1.

Liverpool’s defence appears to be more relaxed with Alisson behind them too.

VERDICT

It’s clear the stats look better on Kepa but these do not always paint a full picture of how he’s performed.

Kepa has made fewer mistakes and has the best stats

He has more clean sheets than Alisson but as Chelsea are playing in the Europa League and Liverpool are playing in the Champions League, Alisson has generally played against a higher standard of opponent so far.

Alisson has made more mistakes than the three keepers but it’s clear there is more of a reliance on him at Liverpool than there is for Kepa and Leno at Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.

We’ll have a better idea of how much Leno copes when he faces more top teams later in the campaign but it seems Kepa has generally been the better keeper but Alisson is more important to his team’s set-up than the other two.

Alisson’s all-round game makes him the most important keeper

Arsenal news: Petr Cech will struggle to get ahead of Bernd Leno, believes Gunners legend David Seaman

31 Oct

Petr Cech will struggle to get back into the Arsenal first XI after Bernd Leno’s impressive run in the team, believes Gunners legend David Seaman.

Cech is available to manager Unai Emery again after four weeks on the sidelines with with a hamstring problem.

The veteran glovesman, 36, pulled up during a Premier League clash against Watford after he took a goal kick, and was replaced by Leno.

It gave the £22million summer signing his first real chance to impress in an Arsenal shirt and the German – ten years Cech’s junior – has not looked back since.

Leno has proven a capable goalkeeper for the Gunners since replacing the injured Cech

While Cech initially struggled with Emery’s new ‘play it out from the back’ style, Leno has done well and he was selected ahead of the former Chelsea man for Arsenal’s game against Crystal Palace at the weekend, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

And Seaman believes 26-year-old Leno is now firmly the number one at the Emirates, saying that only a series of poor performances will let Cech back into the frame.

Listen to David Seaman’s comments on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!

Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal: Gunners player ratings after Premier League draw at Selhurst Park

28 Oct

There was no record-breaking twelfth straight victory for Arsenal as they were pegged back to a 2-2 draw away atCrystal Palace.

Two penalties from Luka Milivojevic either side of strikes from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured the spoils were shared in an intense Premier League encounter.

This is the first time since August Arsenal have failed to win a game

But how did the Arsenal players perform at Palace? Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s player ratings for Unai Emery’s men.

Bernd Leno – 6

He’ll be disappointed with conceding two goals but Leno looked very assured throughout the game and could not have done a great deal about both penalties as they were well placed by Milivojevic.

Hector Bellerin – 5

Missed a glorious chance to give Arsenal the lead early in the game but wanted too much time on the ball. Replaced at half-time by Stephan Lichtsteiner with an injury.

Shkodran Mustafi – 3

Gave away a needless penalty on the stroke of half-time which put Arsenal behind and ultimately contributed to his side failing to win the game.

Arsenal fans tear into Mustafi for giving away penalty

Gooners may have preferred the man on the right in the team instead of Mustafi

Rob Holding – 6

He was no where near as bad as his centre-half partner but Holding sometimes struggled when the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Max Meyer got on the ball in the second-half.

Granit Xhaka – 7

Xhaka was once again being used in a make-shift left-back role but the Switzerland international acquitted himself well. A brilliant free-kick brought Arsenal back into the contest and Xhaka was very unlucky to be penalised for fouling Zaha for Palace’s second penalty.

Xhaka celebrates his second-half goal

Lucas Torreira – 5

Emery will be disappointed Palace got as much joy going forward as they did considering Arsenal were playing two defensive midfielders. Not Torreira’s best game for the Gunners.

Matteo Guendouzi – 6

The youngster had a few nice moments and picked up a yellow card to break up a threatening Palace attack at the end but along with Torreira could have had more control of the game as the home side looked for their equaliser.

Alex Iwobi – 5

Iwobi was not as effective as he has been this season and didn’t offer a great deal to his side going forward.

Mesut Ozil – 6

A decent display from Ozil even if his work wasn’t always noticed. However, when taken off midway through the second-half, the German was visibly upset and appeared to snub a handshake with his manager.

Ozil was not in the game as much as he would have liked

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 7

Aubameyang struggled to get into the game at points but was alert enough to get a goal in the second-half which almost got his side the three points and a record-breaking win.

Alexandre Lacazette – 6

Missed a very good chance to give his side the lead in the first-half and was very lucky to avoid being penalised for a crafty handball in the lead up to Aubameyang’s goal.

Lacazette will rue his missed chance in the first-half

SUB – Stephan Lichtsteiner – 6

The full-back came on for Bellerin at half-time and helped give Arsenal that extra oomph at first but struggled to deal with the likes of Meyer and Zaha later in the second-half.

SUB – Danny Welbeck – 4

Welback rather surprisingly came on for Ozil and really struggled to get in touch with the speed and intensity of the game.

SUB – Aaron Ramsey – N/A

Failed to do anything of note in his brief time on the pitch. Ramsey’s Arsenal future looks increasingly ominous.

Arsenal news: Gunners did NOT ban Germany boss Joachim Low from training ground over Mesut Ozil row

26 Sep

Arsenal did NOT ban Germany coach Joachim Low from their training ground, and visited to meet with academy boss Per Mertesacker rather than Mesut Ozil.

Reports which surfaced on Wednesday claimed Gunners head coach Unai Emery had prevented Low from entering Arsenal’s London Colney base, as he reportedly sought reconciliation with Ozil.

Mesut Ozil left Germany under a cloud in the summer

The playmaker retired from international football after Germany’s disastrous World Cup this summer, and accused the German FA of racism over his Turkish roots.

But, Press Association Sport claim Low was actually in Hertfordshire to talk to former Germany defender Mertesacker – who was appointed as the head of the club’s academy at the end of last season.

It is believed Ozil, 29, was not present at the training ground at the time, but that Low did briefly chat to German pair Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi.

After a disappointing World Cup for both Ozil and Germany, who finished bottom of their group in Russia, the former Real Madrid man announced his international retirement in July.

Mertesacker hung up his boots last season to become a youth coach at Arsenal
Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi are team-mates for club and country

Ozil accused the German Football Association of treating him with “racism and disrespect”, claims which have been derided by many of his former international colleagues.

Speaking ahead of Germany’s opening Nations League match against France earlier in September, Low also shot down Ozil’s reasons.

“There has never been any form of racism in our team, so it’s not a topic at all,” he said at his press conference.

“The DFB (German Football Association) are against any sort of racism or discrimination, and we have followed this approach for years.

Ozil feels he was scapegoated for Germany’s failures in Russia

“He’s said he’s going to step down. Are there any questions open? He’s said he doesn’t want to play, he told us his thoughts, I don’t know why we should we keep talking about it.

“He was part of the team for a long time but not any more. For this team it’s over and he’s not part of our routine any more.”

Emery has been demanding more out of Ozil since he replaced Arsene Wenger in the Arsenal hot-seat, with the club’s former record-signing seemingly responding as his performances have improved of late.

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno admits frustration as he pushes to become first-choice

21 Sep

Bernd Leno admits it has been a frustrating start to life at Arsenal – but the goalkeeper now intends to build on his debut and push to be first-choice at the Emirates Stadium.

The 26-year-old joined the Gunners from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer but had to wait for Thursday night’s 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla Poltava to make his bow.

Leno has had to wait for his chance

A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double, as well as goals from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil, had set Arsenal on their way to a comfortable start to their European campaign.

But Leno could not toast his debut with a clean sheet as Vorskla rallied and halved the arrears – Volodymyr Chesnakov pulling a goal back before Vyacheslav Sharpar scored with the final kick of the evening.

Capped six times by Germany, many expected Leno to come straight in as the number one at Arsenal after joining in a deal reported to be worth upwards of £20million.

Aubameyang was at the double

Instead Petr Cech has been preferred in the four Premier League games under new Gunners boss Unai Emery – with Leno chomping at the bit to secure a regular berth in the side.

Asked if he had been frustrated at being made to wait to make his debut, Leno replied: “Of course, because I came to the club to play every game.

“But I think to move to a bigger club, another country, it needs maybe a little bit of time. It is a little bit frustrating but I keep calm and work very hard to improve.

Cech has been preferred in goal

“I think my performances in training are good. I train very hard and maybe it needs a little bit of time. I keep calm. My chance will come.

“I came for the Premier League. I think it is the best league. The Bundesliga is good but the Premier League is better so I will look forward to playing anytime in the Premier League.”

Leno revealed Emery has not come to a specific arrangement with his goalkeepers over who will play in which matches, and added that he has a good working relationship with Cech.

“The coach always makes the starting XI based on the performance,” he said.

“I think it could change, not every week, but he will change a lot. He didn’t say the Premier League is Petr’s competition and the Europa League is mine. I will work hard every day to play more games.

“We have fun together. We push each other and I think the competition with us is very good. We both can improve and it’s still going.

Leno conceded twice on his debut

“Of course, (Petr) is a big personality. He had a big career and is still a very good goalkeeper -it is very good to work with him and for my development it is very good to have the competition with him.”

Despite being an ever-present in the league under Emery, Cech has come in for criticism as he appears uncomfortable at playing out from the back – something the new head coach is keen to implement.

Leno is more at home with the ball at his feet but admits a goalkeeper needs to know when it is possible to do so.

Leno could be more suited to playing out from the back

“It is a little bit more risky to play because we don’t want to kick the ball up front,” he added.

“We want to play because we have the players to play from the back to have more space in the opposite 18-yard box.

“But it needs a little bit of time for the whole team to improve and to get the confidence.”

‘Petr Cech should start the season as Arsenal’s No.1’, claims former Gunners goalkeeper David Seaman

26 Jul

Petr Cech should remain as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper for the start of the new Premier League season, Gunners legend David Seaman has told talkSPORT.

The arrival of German glovesman Bernd Leno, a £22million summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen, has thrown Cech’s future into doubt ahead of the new campaign.

Leno, 26, has been Leverkusen’s No.1 for the last seven seasons and moves to the Emirates Stadium as one of the most promising goalkeepers in Europe.

New manager Unai Emery has yet to reveal who will be his goalkeeper ahead of his first season in charge, having used both players during their pre-season preparations.

But Seaman says it would be unwise of the manager to immediately install new boy Leno as his first-choice goalkeeper, and should instead stick with 36-year-old veteran Cech for the time being.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Seaman said: “The Cech situation puzzles me a bit, because we still don’t know who is going to number one at Arsenal.

“Would I start the season with Cech? I think so.

“It depends what’s happening in training. Emery will be watching in training and in the friendly games to see who is performing the best.

Petr Cech holds the record for the most Premier League clean sheets in history – 201

“I think it would be a big gamble to put Bernd Leno in straight away, because I can’t image Petr Cech wanting to hang around as a number two anywhere at this stage of his career.

“So Emery has to be a bit a little bit careful with his choice.

“But I would still go with Petr Cech.”

Listen back to David Seaman on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above

Arsenal summer signing Bernd Leno trains with Gunners in pre-season for first time

9 Jul

Bernd Leno has taken part in Arsenal training for the first time following his summer transfer to the Gunners.

Leno, the goalkeeper, was bought by the north Londoners in June from Bayer Leverkusen, for a reported fee of around £19.2million.

The 26-year-old penned a five-year contract with Unai Emery’s side, becoming Arsenal’s second signing of the summer after Stephan Lichtsteiner, the full-back, was brought in on a free from Juventus.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos, the central defender, has since become Arsenal’s third signing, with Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira expected to be confirmed as the fourth this week.

Leno, who was part of Germany’s squad at last year’s Confederations Cup, had an extra week of holiday this summer having been selected by Joachim Low in Germany’s provisional squad for the World Cup.

He did not make the final 23-man selection, but was not forced to return for club duty until Monday, July 9 – whereas many of his new team-mates were back at London Colney last week.

Instagram Photo

Instagram Photo

But Leno is now training with his new club, who announced on Monday that the 26-year-old will wear the number 19 shirt in 2018/19 – as he was signed by Arsenal on June 19.

Leno also had a message for Arsenal’s supporters that was shared on Twitter, which you can watch below…