Bernd Leno admits he felt a range of emotions when he heard that Arsenal were interested in signing him from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 26-year-old Germany international joins the Gunners in a deal worth around €25 million and is expected to compete with Petr Cech for a place in Unai Emery’s starting lineup.
“It feels very good,” said Leno when speaking to the club’s official website about his move.
“I’m happy, I’m proud to sign for Arsenal. For me it’s a dream to play for Arsenal.
On how he felt when the Gunners first made contact, he went on: “I was excited and proud too, because Arsenal is such a big club all over the world.
“In Germany, Arsenal are so famous and when I heard it, I was a little bit nervous but at that moment it was clear for me: I wanted to sign for Arsenal.”
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
Echoing the sentiments of fellow new boy Stephan Lichtsteiner, Leno also touched on his desire to help Arsenal get back into the Champions League as soon as possible.
“I think the history of the club, the fans, the quality of the club and of the team is so good,” he added.
“I’ll try to help the team to come back to the Champions League and to win some trophies. Arsenal belong in the Champions League.
“Arsène Wenger was always the coach at Arsenal but now it’s a new chapter for the club.
“I spoke to Unai Emery and he said that he believes I’m a good goalkeeper, and that he wanted me to join.
“For me it was clear that the club and the coach wanted to sign me, so I’m happy that all the people at the club said that I’m a good goalkeeper.”
Best of luck to Bernd, here’s hoping he can take his game to the next level under the guidance of new keeper coach Javi Garcia.