The 26-year-old had to be in good form against Qarabag, and he was required to make a few good saves to ensure Unai Emery’s side kept a clean sheet against the Azeri outfit.
Fans on Twitter were quick to praise Leno for his display:
The next Jens Lehmann on the cards
— Rubendran Rajandran (@ravaan92) 5 October 2018
His awareness is superb. That save in the first half and a more better one in the dying minutes of the second half
— MC Pierre Mithamo (@FirstCl90038896) 5 October 2018
He's the reason we had a clean sheet. Great performance.
— Frosty (@AFCFrost) 5 October 2018
and people doubted him!
— Miad Hasan (@banterman_007) 5 October 2018
the beginning of the great legend????????????????????????
— nyiwinthant (@nyiwinthant) 5 October 2018
He's shot stopping ratio has been good, now keep that momentum into Sunday's game
— Mika (@07Mickael) 5 October 2018
Definitely the MOTM. He was outstanding today.
— Kevin Hamill (@gtaindetail) 5 October 2018
Some think that he could displace Petr Cech when the veteran returns from a hamstring injury:
Good purchase! Cech has been in good form this year but Leno is pushing him all the way. #COYG
— lcoles (@lcoles10) 5 October 2018
I suspect he is better than…….
— DAVID ADEDE (@DAVIDADEDE1) 5 October 2018
If he keeps on playing like this i can't see losing his place
— Josh Bailey (@JoshBai04003567) 5 October 2018
Leno really has a chance to stake his claim for the number one spot over the next month with Cech sidelined. He certainly showed what he can do against Qarabag, and Arsenal supporters will be hoping for more of the same over the coming weeks.
Many expected the German to come into the first team straight away after his £22.5m move from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, but it has taken him a while to settle in.