“I Joined Arsenal To Play Every Game” – Frustrated Leno Cries Out

“I Joined Arsenal To Play Every Game” – Frustrated Leno Cries Out

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Bernd Leno admits to being frustrated by his lack of play time with the Gunners since making the switch from Germany to England.

The German international joined Arsenal from Leverkusen in the summer and was expected to be first choice goalkeeper ahead of Cech.

But instead, Petr Cech has gotten the nod ahead of the 26-year old in Arsenal first five games in the League.

Leno made his debut in Arsenal’s Europa League 4-2 win against Vorskla Poltava and spoke to Standard Sports afterwards :

“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 bit frustrating but I keep calm and work very hard to improve.

“The coach always makes the starting XI because of the performance. I think it could change, not every week, but he will change a lot. He didn’t say the League is Petr’s competition and the Europa League is mine. I will work every day hard to play more games.

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

On the players adaptation to the style of new manager Unai Emery, he added :

“It is getting better and better [at the club].

“The game that the coach wants is my style. I think I did a good job with the ball, with the passing. Of course, the two goals were disappointing, but they scored great goals. Maybe I need a little bit of time.

“It is a little bit more of a risk to play this way because we don’t want to kick the ball up front. We want to play because we have the players to play from the back to have more space in the opposite 18-yard box.

“In the first half, the opposition was very deep, so we had big problems getting chances. So, when they started to attack more, there were situations where we can create chances by playing from the back. But it needs a little bit of time for the whole team to improve and to get the confidence.”

Arsenal face Everton in the league as they go in search of their fifth consecutive victory in all competitions.

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