Matt Le Tissier has hailed Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, claiming that the stopper has been “absolutely outstanding” recently.
The 6’2″ German has been an ever-present for the Gunners this season, and despite the side’s poor run of form, the pundit has singled out the stopper for praise.
Referencing last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Norwich City on Soccer Saturday (Sky Sports News, 14.00, December 7th), he said: “This is a point saved by the goalkeeper alone.
“A couple of the stops were absolutely outstanding.
“I thought Norwich deserved to win that football match. It was only because of Leno that they didn’t.”
How good has Leno been this season?
Let’s make no bones about it, Arsenal are in meltdown at the moment, but Leno himself has done a fine job on an individualistic level.
The German may not have been the most stable of options when he first came into the Gunners’ starting XI to replace Petr Cech, but this term he has come into his own.
With 4.3 saves per game and a Whoscored rating of 6.92, he has been dependable, and at times, sublime.
Some of the saves he pulled out against the Canaries last weekend were simply superb, and literally made the difference in a game that Arsenal could not afford to lose.
If the Gunners are to turn this season around, they’re going to need Leno to be at his very best.