Number one Petr Cech had to be substituted with a hamstring injury at the end of the first half on Saturday, with the German making some important interventions after replacing the veteran.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Lehmann said that Leno has a very promising future ahead of him:
“He’s a very good shot-stopper, he’s calm, good with his feet.”
The £22.5m summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen has had to wait for his chance under Unai Emery, Many expected the German to be first choice ahead of Cech right from the off. However, the manager had other ideas.
After delivering a good second half display to keep out the Hornets at the Emirates, Leno will now be hoping that he can capitalise on his teammate’s misfortune.
Cech is expected to be out for three weeks, but he has yet to be fully assessed by the medical team. He will miss the games against Qarabag and Fulham, while he may also be a doubt for the game against Leicester after the international break.