And the Spaniard does not appear short on confidence.
Leno, who won the no.1 shirt from Cech last term, blundered in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham earlier this month, diverting Erik Lamela’s tame shot into Christian Eriksen’s path for the opening goal.
Martinez watched on from the bench, and reckons he could do a better job than his team-mate.
Leno has been culpable a few times since he joined Arsenal in the summer of 2018 but how many errors leading to goals has he made?
Below you can see the top nine players to have made errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season, with thanks to Opta.
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8= Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – Errors leading to goals: 3
8= Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – Errors leading to goals: 3
5= Sergio Rico (Fulham) – Errors leading to goals: 3
5= Angus Gunn (Southampton) – Errors leading to goals: 3
5= Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – Errors leading to goals: 3
3= David de Gea (Manchester United) – Errors leading to goals: 4
3=. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – Errors leading to goals: 4
2. Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) – Errors leading to goals: 5
1. Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – Errors leading to goals: 6
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Liverpool and Arsenal head into their Premier League clash this weekend in high spirits having both won their opening two games of the new season.
Ahead of Saturday evening’s clash at Anfield, which is LIVE on talkSPORT, we asked three of our own, Micky Quinn, Perry Groves and Laura Woods to do their combined XI comprising of both teams.
Check their selections out below!
Micky Quinn’s combined Liverpool/Arsenal team
With Alisson’s calf injury preventing him from taking part in this game for Liverpool, Leno gets the nod for me ahead of Adrian. The Liverpool no.2 has impressed recently, but is prone to a mistake or two.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson
I’d have the entire Liverpool backline in this team – it’s a no brainer. There’s no argument to include any of Arsenal’s defence in this as the Reds are far superior in this department.
Midfielders: Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and Dani Ceballos
I’ve seen a lot of Wijnaldum, especially when he was at Newcastle, and he’s someone who is dynamic and pops up with important goals. In the middle Jordan Henderson gets the nod. The Liverpool skipper might not be everyone’s cup of tea but he never hides, gets stuck in and has a great engine.
I’ve also been impressed with what I’ve seen of Dani Ceballos so far. It’s obvious the Arsenal fans have really warmed to him and he looks primed to be their main talisman if you like, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane
Aubameyang has to play in the middle of a three-man attack. He’s someone who gets you a guaranteed 20-25 goals a season and has been a huge revelation in the Premier League so far. On the right-hand side I’ve had Mo Salah.
While he’s struggled so far this season, his quality speaks for itself and he’s been a huge reason why Liverpool have been challenging for major honours, both domestically and in Europe, over the last couple of years.
Sadio Mane also makes it in to this line-up on the left side of the attack. He keeps on improving season after season, both in terms of goals and assists, and has shown what a top class forward he is at Liverpool. Some may question why Alexandre Lacazette isn’t in this side, but quite frankly I don’t think he can lace either Salah or Mane’s boots.
OVERALL: Liverpool 8-3 Arsenal
Perry Groves’ combined Liverpool/Arsenal team
The same reasoning as Micky Quinn!
Defenders: Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and David Luiz
It goes without saying Liverpool have one of the best defences, if not the best, in the country. Virgil van Dijk is quite simply undroppable, and I’d have also have Joe Gomes on the right side of a three-man defence.
This may ruffle a few feathers, but I’d then have David Luiz as the final jigsaw to this defence. He’s more than capable of doing a solid job in a three, and I believe he’d do a decent job in this side operating on the left-hand side.
Wing-backs: Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson
The best full-backs in the country. There’s no argument for either Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Nacho Monreal getting ahead of those two.
Midfielders: Dani Ceballos and Fabinho
I’ve been really impressed with Ceballos since his move to the Gunners. He looks like a cross between Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas. He can play as an eight and a ten, but is equally adaptable as a six.
He’s very good at receiving balls in tight areas, and is always on the half turn and looking to find that killer ball.
He never takes the easy option, and is really comfortable on the ball – a bit like Jack Wilshere was for Arsenal in that respect. Elsewhere, I’d have Fabinho alongside the Arsenal man on the right-hand side of my midfield.
Fabinho gets the nod ahead of his team-mate Jordan Henderson purely for his defensive discipline, athleticism and power that he displays on a consistent basis for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
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Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane
I have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang operating in the centre of a right-man attack, with Liverpool team-mates Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on either side of him.
There’s no room for Mo Salah in my team as out of all the big hitters at that football club at the moment he isn’t hitting the heights at the moment – much like the start of last season.
I tried to make a case for Alexandre Lacazette as he’s a quality footballer, but I couldn’t leave two Liverpool forwards out of my front three!
OVERALL: Liverpool 7-4 Arsenal
Laura Woods’ combined Liverpool/Arsenal team
Bernd Leno has to go in because Alisson is injured, otherwise my choice for goalkeeper would be Alisson – 100 per cent.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson
As an Arsenal fan, it pains me to say this, but we are not known for our defensive capabilities even if we have strengthened a little bit. For me, though, I haven’t seen enough of David Luiz in an Arsenal shirt to warrant him breaking into this back four.
Even if Hector Bellerin was fit, I think Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the best in the league.
I adored Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez’s partnership last season and Joel Matip has improved so much since playing alongside Van Dijk – he has been like a sponge alongside him.
And with Van Dijk’s selection, it was a toss-up between him and Shkodran Mustafi [laughs]. No, I don’t really need to say much about Van Dijk, do I?
One day Kieran Tierney may take that position from Andy Robertson, but right now while Tierney regains full fitness, the Liverpool left-back is one of the best in the world in that role.
Midfielders: Dani Ceballos and Georginio Wijnaldum
I was considering both Matteo Guendouzi and James Milner, but I’ve picked Georginio Wijnaldum for his consistency and amazing Champions League performances. Dani Ceballos has only just arrived, but is already creating things in midfield.
Attackers: Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane
The goal scorers are just ridiculous. I just couldn’t scrub out any of Liverpool’s front three and here’s why: Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have scored in every game they’ve played against Arsenal at Anfield. I was at Anfield for the bloodbath that was 5-1 and Firmino scored his ‘no look’ goal and he loves scoring against Arsenal.
Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
As the out and out striker, I struggled to pick between Lacazette and Aubameyang, but I’m going for Aubameyang because no matter the situation he would score you goals.
OVERALL: Liverpool 8-3 Arsenal
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If you’re going to play you need to have a top defence, as well as a talented attack and no position is more important than that of the goalkeeper.
You only get one, so you don’t want to waste any of your three transfers per month on your shot-stopper.
If you’re going to win big, you need a reliable performer capable of earning the odd Star Man award and regular 7/10 displays on WhoScored to gain vital points.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – £3.5m
If you’re spending bigger bucks on a goalkeeper, the Blues ace is your man.
The only reason £4.0m option Hugo Lloris scored more points than him last year was the Frenchman’s run of penalty saves, meanwhile Frank Lampard’s backline should be stronger with N’Golo Kante likely to play towards his more natural position this term.
Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – £2.5m
No, we’re not having a moment.
The ex-Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper isn’t a bad player at all and with more work and possible upgrades this summer we should see an improved defensive output from the Gunners.
Leno will certainly get more points than last season.
Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) – £2.5m
Only one shot-stopper averaged over 7/10 on WhoScored.com, and that was Polish ace Fabianski.
He might not get heaps of clean sheets, although this could improve with additions to the Hammers, squad but he’s a steady point-scorer.
Ralf Fahrmann (Norwich City) – £1.0m
Landing a goalkeeper on loan with eight Bundesliga seasons under their belt is impressive for a newly-promoted side.
Sure, he was displaced at Schalke last season by talented youngster Alexander Nübel but he should be a fine performer at a cheap price.
Arsenal could be on the hunt for a new captain after Laurent Koscielny refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of the United States.
The club are set to open disciplinary proceedings with their skipper after announcing their disappointment with his actions.
He is said to have been offered a three-year deal by Bordeaux, with other Ligue 1 clubs also taking an interest in the former Lorient ace.
Nonetheless, he was expected to be part of the squad flying to the USA on Thursday – but Arsenal confirmed on Thursday Koscielny will stay behind.
“Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour,” a short statement on the club’s official website read.
“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.
“We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”
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But who would take on the captain’s armband should he leave? The Daily Star believe it could be Granit Xhaka having missed out on a move to Atletico Madrid.
talkSPORT.com assesses the candidates.
The Gunners midfielder is now unlikely to leave the Emirates having previously been courted by Atletico Madrid.
His three years with the club as a starter stand him in good stead as does his no nonsense personality, along with the fact he’s already vice-captain along with Mesut Ozil.
The main problem with naming Xhaka as captain is that he’s someone who could find himself replaced next summer as the club continue to rebuild.
The Greek centre-back, 31, has got a wealth of experience having spent five seasons with Borussia Dortmund prior to last summer’s Emirates switch.
He’s a leader in the backline and has dealt with numerous superstar team-mates in his time, which will help with the Gunners, especially as youngsters like Matteo Guendouzi rise to prominence.
Papastathopoulos has been handed the armband before, becoming AEK Athens’ youngster ever captain, aged 19, in 2008.
It might come as a surprise but the French striker is now 28-years-old and is 12 games shy of a century of matches at the Emirates in his two seasons.
This year he’s become a truly key player with his clinical finishing seeing him notch 19 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions, while he seems to have bought into the club’s philosophy quite extensively.
His form has earned interest from Barcelona and handing Lacazette the captaincy could keep those wolves from the door and ensure they retain at least one of their superstar strikers.
Set for one last season at the top with the Gunners, Monreal has been a real rock for the club since he joined from Malaga in 2013.
He’s definitely got the credentials as a leader in the squad and the fact he’s an exemplary professional help his case too.
Like Xhaka, though, Monreal isn’t likely to remain with the club for much longer and it might not make too much sense in the long term, or just look like a sentimental appointment given his lengthy service.
David Seaman believes Arsenal should drop Petr Cech for the Europa League final against Chelsea, amid reports the veteran goalkeeper will return to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Cech, who made over 400 appearances in 11 seasons for the Blues, has described the Arsenal vs Chelsea final as the ‘perfect end’ to his playing career, having confirmed earlier this season he will hang up his gloves this summer.
The 37-year-old has played the majority of the Gunners’ European games this season, despite Bernd Leno taking his place as the club’s regular number one this term.
But it is unclear is he will keep his place for the final in Baku, with manager Unai Emery keeping his options open ahead of the all-English European clash.