Report: Bernd Leno to sign for Arsenal

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According to SportBild in Germany, Arsenal are close to tying up a deal for goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

The 26 year old has been told he can leave Bayer Leverkusen, and the Gunners are said to be in pole position with suggestions that the transfer is close to completion.

The club are in the market for a keeper despite the fact that Petr Cech has been handed the number 1 shirt, which suggests that David Ospina’s four years at the club are coming to a close after he signed from Nice in 2014.

Leno certainly fits the age profile, although he has been an unconvincing performer for the Bundesliga outfit, with lapses in concentration and mistakes peppering his game.

Perhaps, with a new goalkeeping coach in place, and a year working with him and alongside the vastly experienced Cech, the new Arsenal transfer team believe they can tap into the player’s potential and improve him.

It’s not a completely unreasonable position to take, but those who watch him regularly in the Bundesliga will take some convincing that he’s the real upgrade we need.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are also said to be interested as they seek to replace both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet ahead of the new season

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xxxrob
xxxrob

Can’t help but feel like we really shit the bed on the Szczęsny sale but water under the bridge and all that… I like the idea of this guy coming in. He can save penalties too! Woo!

I actually haven’t stopped smiling all day, first Lucas Torreira and Sokratis were basically confirmed and now this? Is it Christmas or something?

My wig smells cheesy
My wig smells cheesy

Let’s not compile the chicken inventory just yet!

indiegooner
indiegooner

Thanks. Eagerly waiting for next meeting at office where I can use the term ‘chicken inventory’.

Lettra
Lettra

Eggzactly.
Until they are wearing a jersey ordering us to visit Rwanda nothing is certain.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

That’s eggsellent advice. After all, we’ve been Bernd in the past for doing that very thing.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

If szczesny was that good, he’d be the Juve number one right? Him and Fabianski were decent keepers though

Xxxrob
Xxxrob

He is

poly
poly

he’s number 23

Mootilated
Mootilated

They just signed Perin from Genoa. Yet to be confirmed who will start their games next season.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

That’s a good point.. the fact thst they’ve gone out to get Perin so quickly makes me wonder whether Sir Ches hasn’t impressed enough last season

My wig smells cheesy
My wig smells cheesy

Surely they need a number to for back up as Gianluca has all but left?

My wig smells cheesy
My wig smells cheesy

Two

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

Juve are signing Mattia Perin from Genoa, another very good keeper who is at a similar level to Szczesny. They’ll probably battle for the no.1 spot this season with Szczesny maybe slightly ahead, so not clear cut.

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

You mean the keeper that Juve chose to replace Buffon???

Neder
Neder

Szczeny was signed as a replacement for the legendary Buffon… and on top of that played plenty of games at a seriously good level last season. Simply put Arsenal shat the bed selling Woj.

Copelandao
Copelandao

Yes but they signed a new keeper this summer, and not an obvious no.2

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Because most clubs now sign keepers to compete. Only Wenger still operated with a distinct hierarchy.

sambo
sambo

Wenger gave both keepers set competitions, including finals if they got there so how did he have a distinct hierarchy?

mynk
mynk

I see a lot of Szczesny nostalgia. As someone who saw almost all the games (maybe 80%) I don’t see why this is so! He made regular mistakes, maybe not every match (and I don’t have the data here) but certainly once every 5 matches or maybe it just felt like that. Compared to this, Cech makes probably 2 mistakes a season. Cech does get beaten at his near post and could do better a lot but a lot of the basic issues we have had with goalkeepers over the years don’t seem to plague us any longer. Knowing that our goalkeeper won’t cost us 6-9 points a season has only been a recent occurrence.

Dotman
Dotman

Mynk i want to give your comment a hundred thumbs up. Totally agree with you

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

It just felt like that.

clins
clins

thought we’d get cillissen. but this guys good too. and he is still young for a keeper. and with our new goalkeeping coach i hope he turns out to be our very own de gea

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Our very own *Lehmann

Wreh's FA Cup dream
Wreh's FA Cup dream

*Mad Jens

afan
afan

there is no particular age for a goalkeeper, if he is good enough then play him, if he is 21 or 31it doesn,t matter

afan
afan

don’t know why the thumbs down, either just for the sake of it, or more likely they no nothing about football

sambo
sambo

If both keepers are of equal ability, the younger they are the longer you can have them at the club…Simple

ODB
ODB

Glad we didn’t get Cillisen tbh.

Zack
Zack

Cillissen is the only keeper in the world worse than Cech at saving penalties.

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

I’m also worse

felipe
felipe

I’m watching Bundesliga regularly and he’s not that bad as the article sounds. He’s had a few pretty stupid mistakes, but in general he’s performing at a really high level. Leverkusen never had the best defence, and he was usually one of their outstanding players. Besides being a good shot stopper, he’s a modern GK, can play a pass as well. Throughout all the youth teams he had to rival Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and their potential was believed to be about the same. So let’s hope he can make the next step at Arsenal and reach his full potential!

D ceee
D ceee

That sound much better..thought we signing Almunia again from reading the article (shudder)

Trez
Trez

Not convinced at all. Too error prone. We should be going for Parvlenka or his replacement at Leverkusen instead. Don’t get why we aren’t in for young talents like Lunin and Lafont.
Upgrade over what we have – Yes
Good enough – No.

xxxrob
xxxrob

Why aren’t some people ever happy?

Jarghs
Jarghs

Welcome to the internet

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Well said Blue/Fam

Trez
Trez

If being “happy” means I have to say he’s a world class keeper and as good as Neuer – then sorry I’m not going to be “happy” anytime soon
I already said he is better than what we have…is that not “positive” enough for you?

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

so you’ll only be happy with a Neuer? Just recognise the reality mate – we are not the Arsenal of old, we are going to have to buy players with promise not those who have already fulfilled theirs.

Trez
Trez

It’s obvious you lack comprehension skills. I said he is better than what we have but not great. That is the truth. Too error prone. That is the truth

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

I also watch a lot of German league so I’ve seen Leno. I don’t consider him error prone.

Trez
Trez

Yeah that’s why he’s made the second most errors leading to goals in the Bundesliga since 2015. Anyone who’s really watched him knows he’s stagnated and is error prone. Better than what we have but nothing special

UGooner
UGooner

Which Arsenal of old ever did this?

Xxxrob
Xxxrob

I don’t particularly care enough to argue with you about it. Enjoy your day.

Trez
Trez

Why reply to my comment then?

Thomas Lambert
Thomas Lambert

Someone’s been playing too much FIFA

Trez
Trez

And someone clearly has no idea what they’re talking about

oh dear
oh dear

Refreshingly honest. It takes the bigger man to admit their own flaws. Well done Trez.

Trez
Trez

Lame comment from a typical member of the “positive fans brigade”.

Finlay307
Finlay307

Would you rather we were all members of the “negative fans brigade’ like yourself?

Trez
Trez

I am a member of the objective/rational brigade of fans

akjl
akjl

Trez, there’s a subtle difference between objective and opinionated.

Finlay307
Finlay307

But I fully disagree you are being rational and it is my objectional opinion you are being negative. You have dismissed all our transfer business so far as unsatisfactory…no terrible.

Liechstiener – A highly experienced player who has played at the top level in Europe for a long period of time and will be a back up to our first choice RB. Signed on a short-term contract for free. I vote up

Sokratis- I agree with you that he would not be my first choice and I doubt we would have signed him if Kos didn’t banjax his ankle. But, unfortunately, he did so we had to look for an experienced defender who wouldn’t eat too much into our transfer budget. I am going to reserve opinion until I see him play.

Leno – I would have liked us to sign Oblak or somebody too, but it is worth remembering that we are currently a Europa League team and the very top talent is out of our reach at the moment. I think he is a better option than a younger goalkeeper who may take a few seasons to reach their potential like Lafont. I vote up

As far as I can tell, our current transfer model is:
1. Find experienced players who can immediately add to the first team squad who won’t cost the earth? Liechstiener, Sokratis, Leno….Fellaini???

2. Invest in younger players who will develop into a quality player and increase in transfer market value.

Caglar Soyuncu, Torriera, Gelson Martins.

That was the business model at Dortmund and it seems we are going to follow it.

Trez
Trez

I already said Torreira was a good signing.
Lichtsteiner and Sokratis however you try to spin it is are not great signings. The only positive is they both cost 15m. Sokratis is a very terrible signing as he isn’t what we need. We needed someone who reads the game well like Per. Sokratis and Mustafi are both similar. We will be in serious problems against big teams if those two line up together

Conefused
Conefused
Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Classic Fifa UT player comment.

renaissancerosicky
renaissancerosicky

Bring back the poo-o-meter, I say!

goonerang
goonerang

Erm…I read a couple of days ago that he had agreed a deal to Napoli and won’t “listen to any more offers”. Oh, transfer market, you sweet little bitch.

thw14
thw14

Yeah Torreira too, we seem to be stealing their options. I love it, especially since Higuain.

Although, as with Higuain, we shouldn’t underestimate their potential to come back in with a bastard-y late bid.

Con
Con

This would be a poor signing. I encourage everyone to read the statistical analysis on playedoffthepark.co.uk

Trez
Trez

They’ll say you’re too negative. We can do better. Doesn’t have to be Oblak or Neuer

Con
Con

The young Albanian chap at Lazio is mentioned in that article is interesting option

Con
Con

Also from the article: “Bernd Leno – Has been linked with Arsenal, has been 1% below par this season and under performed for six and a half seasons in @colintrainor’s model, so Arsenal should probably give him a miss.”

http://www.playedoffthepark.co.uk/window-shopping-trying-to-find-a-new-goalkeeper-for-arsenal/

George
George

Not familiar with him, but I’m really liking the new transfer market vibe.

Shichumikapolokos
Shichumikapolokos

Not sure he is worth 22mil but still a very good keeper. Hopefully he can become our own Szczesny.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Absolutely see the logic behind the Lichtsteiner and Sokratis transfers. Although they’re not the most exciting signings they address weak spots in our squad and both are top professionals who can help our young guns at the back and do a job when needed.
I‘m actually quite thrilled about the Torreira transfer. Haven’t seen much of him tbh but from what I’ve heard he’s a very good addition and will fit in Emery’s System pretty well.
I also really like the Gelson link, especially if we’re really able to get him on a free, that would be quite a steal.
BUT, I’m everything but happy about the Leno links. There’s a reason he‘s nowhere near the national team atm although he has been part of the squad ages ago already. His development over the last years was definitely going in the wrong direction and I’ve seen more unnecessary mistakes from him over the last years than I have from Cech, Ospina, Fabianski and Szczesny together. He’s not better than Ospina so paying about 20 millions for him and let Ospina go for 3 or something would be a mistake imo. I’d love to be proved wrong on this but I’m not very confident I will.

Trez
Trez

Sokratis is a terrible signing. The only good thing about those deals are the cost. Sokratis hasn’t been good ever since Hummels left. He isn’t going to bring a calming influence to our backline and is literally a older version of Mustafi. We’ll get torn to shreds if we play both against big teams.
If we needed experience, we should’ve gone for Benatia who is available and better than Sokratis.
Lichtsteiner turns 35 next year. In an epl filled with pace, he’ll get ripped to shreds.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Disagree. He was one of the best defenders in the BuLi for years, hasn’t played that bad under Tuchel and only really struggled since Bosz came in who was one of the most naive coaches I’ve seen in my whole life. He didn’t gave a crap about defending and the team conceded goals constantly. Since Stöger took over his performances have improved again.
But when he’s at his best, he was the better one between Hummels and him, if you ask me.
Also he’s not comparable to Mustafi at all as he’s not that aggressive ball winner type. Therefore he won’t be catched out of position as often as Mustafi. But even Mustafi has a lot more potential than he’s shown so far. Wouldn’t be surprised if he turns out to be quite good in a new defensive set up.

Trez
Trez

Sokratis was never better than Hummels. Hummels made him look good. Ask any hardcore BVB fan and they’ll tell you he’s been poor for 2 seasons now. I watch BVB and Juve when I’m not watching Arsenal and I can assure you he has been poor. Most BVB fans agree with this as well.
He isn’t going to bring the calming presence Per at his best brought to the team. That’s the kind of player we need…not someone who charges around. If you have 2 of those as your senior CB with Kos out – it is a very BIG problem.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

And Lichtsteiner came on at half time against that lot in the CL quarter finals and bossed he game. As far as I know Sp*rs are an English team and he looked nowhere near out of pace in that game. He’s extremely fit for a 35 year old and also has so much experience that he knows how to deal with missing pace in certain situations. Not worried about him being able tondo a job at all.

Trez
Trez

Played well against Spurs, do you know how his League performances were?? You think it’s by Coincidence Juve let him go?? BVB are replacing Sokratis with Diallo who has a massive upside and aren’t too bothered about Sokratis leaving.
Thank Goodness we’re getting him for only 14m and even at that, I’d have preferred Johnny Evans who cost 4m

A Different George
A Different George

Juve “let him go,” in the same way we let Sagna go–he played out his contract, and did not want to sign again. Whether that was because Juve failed to offer enough, or because he wants a new challenge, or because he does not get along with Allegri, or some combination of these and other factors, we just don’t know. He has looked effective and a bit dirty every time I have seen him (was really good against Spurs). At his age and with his experience and personality (captain of Switzerland), he makes the squad stronger. We are not looking for a long-term first-choice right fullback, we already have someone who has the makings of a future legend.

The Bishops
The Bishops

Sulk it in mate.

Wreh's FA Cup dream
Wreh's FA Cup dream

‘Lichtsteiner turns 35 next year’

So he’s 34.

Trez
Trez

34 and will get smoked for pace.

King 14enry
King 14enry

#trezout

Trez
Trez

#boring…

Mpls
Mpls

Well then I guess it’s a good thing our starting RB isn’t going to get smoked for pace by anyone.

A Different George
A Different George

That was inevitable.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Hmm. I’m sure we had a CB fairly recently who everyone said was too slow to hack it in the PL.
Odd thing was that, regardless of how fast he wasn’t, we let in fewer goals in the matches in which he played than we did in the matches when he didn’t play. Personally I reckon that’s more important, but what the fuck do I know.

Albetz
Albetz

Nowhere near the national team? He was preparing with the team, and one of the players which was (somewhat surprisingly) cut from the final squad. So he’s between 3rd and 4th in the german national team, which really isn’t bad considering the quality of their goalkeepers. If we think our goalkeeper coach and a year working alongside Peter Cech can improve him, we could have a fine goalkeeper on our hands..

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

He’s not between 3rd and 4th. He’s 4th. And the quality of German goalkeepers isn’t as good as it has been. Ter Stegen as well as Trapp aren’t top level keepers, if you ask me. Trapp hasn’t even played at Paris but is still above Leno.
Like your optimism but don’t tell me I haven’t warned you afterwards.

Hamburg Gooner
Hamburg Gooner

Ah, come on, this is kind of bollocks and you know it .. as the third keeper is usually only there to hand over water bottles and stuff, it´s not much of a statement when nominated. Löw stated that he nominated Trapp this time, because Leno got the nod for Euro 16. Now Trapp can get some price money and a bit of a confidence boost ahead of a difficult season for him.

If Arsenal are going to sign him (ahead of Naples and Atletico btw) it´s actually quite good, cause he´s having a proper holiday and is able to start training from day one at the club.

As a german I´m watching Bundesliga highlights regularly and have recognized Leno as a very good goalkeeper. ter Stegen was very errorprone at MG and the national team too, but Barca bought him nonetheless and he turned into a world class keeper since then. I´d see Leno as an upgrade to what we have and with the experience abroad and the guidance of both Cech and the new goalkeeping coach (+ Lehmann ..) he should only get better

emob
emob

You must be joking, Ter Stegen had a great season at Barca, one of the reasons they were so solid and nearly went the whole season unbeaten in La Liga. There are better goalkeepers than Leno in the Bundesliga surely, but the standards ARE higher than most leagues.

Trez
Trez

You’re in for a shock. We Arsenal fans have a tendency to overhype players that we sign. You’ll see a few howlers from him and don’t complain when it happens.

TOGooner
TOGooner

Don’t complain when our new keeper commits a few howlers, because we are moderately excited about a new signing?
You need to go for a walk, Trez. Clear your head.

Trez
Trez

And you need to stop replying to my comments. You’re not blogs and the last time I checked as long as I’m not insulting anyone, I have a right to state my opinions whether you or anyone else find it positive or not…just go past my comments but don’t tell me to walk…you don’t own the site

D ceee
D ceee

Yeah but they are getting a bit boring now. Maybe have a wank or something?

Trez
Trez

Funny how you’re the only one who brings up wanking into the conversation. How old are you? 12??

emob
emob

Also nowhere near the national team is a bit hyperbolic, he has been in the preeliminary squad and was axed for the final squad.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

@emob: He was only there because of the doubts About Neuer’s fitness level. As soon as Löw said Neuer will be fit, it was clear that Leno had to go. So he’s clearly number 4 in the hierarchy.
@Hamburg Gooner: As I’m german as well I too watch the BuLi regularly and he is extremely error prone. Has let in the most goals after direct keeper mistakes of all BuLi keepers. 9 since 2016.
But I don’t want to convince anyone. If you think, he’s the solution, fair play. But I do have big doubts about that.

sambo
sambo

To be fair 9 goals in 60 games is pretty bad haha. But he also has the second most clean sheets, its all very confusing.

emob
emob

He was there because the national team always goes with four keepers in the preeliminary squad. That’s what the squad is for. Leno went to Euro 16, so to say he’s nowhere near is a bit much. I share your doubts, there are a lot of better GKs in the league, but it’s getting hyperbolic.

berlingoon
berlingoon

I said that he was part of the squad a few years ago that’s why I said he developed in the wrong direction over the last 2 seasons. That’s why he’s not in Russia, not because the other keepers are that good (apart from Neuer of course).

Ozenal
Ozenal

I think with the quality of player we have we should have a keeper who matches the modern style of play we will be working on.

If he helps us quickly distribute the ball and help relieve the opposition high press, then we can live with a few mistakes.

These are qualities that both Ospina and Cech dont have in abundance.

A Different George
A Different George

Actually, I think Ospina does have those qualities, as well as excellent shot-stopping. But he never makes you feel confident when there is a high cross. A classic South American keeper (one of those just won the Prem by the way).

Bitter Pill
Bitter Pill

I was hoping for Pope of Burnley. English, young and a good shot stopper. Wonder if we ever considered him.

A Different George
A Different George

The Pope of Burnley is too prone to great schisms.

Handbrakes
Handbrakes

This is quite a lot better than what has been happening for about the last 5 years. We’re taking a bit of risk and just trying to improve the squad – not all of them will work out but we only need to get 51% of the decisions right to improve.

Dan Franko
Dan Franko

”he has been an unconvincing performer for the Bundesliga outfit, with lapses in concentration and mistakes peppering his game.”
He sounds a keeper.

Maybe he's born with it, maybe it's Bellerin
Maybe he's born with it, maybe it's Bellerin

He’s alright but his brother’s talk show is shite

sambo
sambo

J Lenos Garage on Youtube is actually pretty cool if you like cars

hahahaha

This is absolutely extraordinary

afan
afan

well if he is only back up to cech, then maybe its not so bad

Magneto
Magneto

I know that he didn’t get much game time whilst out on loan last season,
but I was still hoping that at some point, Emi Martinez would be given
a meaningful opportunity to succeed Cech and/or Ospina.

I don’t think he’s let us down in the few first team games he’s had for us.

Trez
Trez

Same here. I think he has potential. Unfortunately he’s far above being 3rd choice and we aren’t going to sell Cech anytime soon.

addy_gunner
addy_gunner

Am I the only one who thinks we should go for Butland?

Absolut
Absolut

I like Butland too. Cech threw way too many in the net last season, but his know how can help Leno or Butland get better.

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

I think he’s only behind Neuer in the Bundesliga. So I’m happy if we really can get him.

emob
emob

No, not really, there are several keepers that are better atm, but the standards are high.

Matt
Matt

With Jimmy Fallon to eventually replace him?

ODB
ODB

Why don’t we just go for Butland?? I don’t get it

He’s proven, has premiership experience and is only 25.

Futsboller
Futsboller

There was talk that Butland would cost 40 million pounds, which is absurd for a goalkeeper.

I wish we would have given Martinez or Macey a chance to break through — plenty of PL teams have given a relative no-name a chance to play and suddenly you have a Butland, Pickford, Heaton or Pope on your hands. Trial by fire and having Cech lead the way would be the ideal way for one of our understudies to emerge. For free.

gus
gus

im stil gutted we don’t have chezza, a polish cockney who was arsenal through and through, had nearly 200 appearances for a 23 year old , vastly experienced a good shot stopper with good distribution and good from corners, will only become better and better, pissed over flapanski whilst he was at arsenal and they all raving about him now,

in my opinion probably arsenes worst mistake in recent years esp when pickford et al go for 30mill

lets hope cech stays injury free

Ash
Ash

Playing for Arsenal induces jitters in the best of them.
Fabianski hardly commits a mistake for Swansea, but I just closed my eyes, and started praying when the ball went in the box, and he was the keeper for us.
Szczesny was never as bad as he was made to be. Also, he is still very young for a keeper, just turned 28, so selling him was a big mistake.
Leno may be the answer. But considering Ospina is remarkably good when playing for Colombia, and crap at Arsenal, I would think NOT!!!!

Fuhgedaboudit
Fuhgedaboudit

How stupid do we look now that we got rid of Szczesny. Forget Leno and find a way to bring back Szczesny. I’m still pissed we sold him to Juve.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

Leno’s in a similar position to Szczesny when he left for Roma. He’s nowhere near as good as he should be, given how brilliant he was in his late teens/early 20s when he first broke into the Leverkusen first team, but is still youngish and has obvious potential. At his best he’s up there with anyone in the world in terms of shot stopping, but like others have said is quite error prone. Basically he possesses all the skills a great goalkeeper needs in his locker, he just doesn’t display it all that consistently.

Hopefully the change after so long at Leverkusen will do him good, like with Szczesny. And with our gk coaching team we could actually improve a goalkeeper for once!

N10
N10

“Leno has been an unconvincing performer for the Bundesliga outfit, with lapses in concentration and mistakes peppering his game.”

Great!

WTF.

N10
N10

Although he seems like he has some talent to work with from this…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K87VtwyfGG4

Would it kill this board to hire a bona fide star, though?

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

We’re seemingly really getting shit done early, which is good to see.
None of the players is really a “wow!” signing but they all seem decent.
Hopefully Cech can have a good influence on Leno if he does come on board.
It feels weird that we’re being linked with players and none of them are seemingly bullshit stories like they usually are. Perhaps the policy of secrecy has been thrown out the window now.

assistantref
assistantref

“Leno certainly fits the age profile, although he has been an unconvincing performer for the Bundesliga outfit, with lapses in concentration and mistakes peppering his game.”

Sounds like he’ll fit in perfectly with last season’s back four…

santori
santori

Erm…why do we keep getting ‘linked’ with players who are past sell by date or have not performed particularly well in Bundesliga.

Granted we are out of CL but we can afford better.

Or is it new issue that we must sign Bundesliga or ex-Dortmund predominantly because of Mslintat?

Szsc must surely not be happy that Juve have signed a competitor in Perrin with Buffon potentially stepping down.

Yesman
Yesman

This crappy move. He was surplus in Leverkusen, as they signed Finnish national keeper Lukasz Hradecky from Frankfurt. Hradecky was selected as bundesliga keeper of the season, while Leno was erratic.