Arsenal goalkeeper and current captain Petr Cech has been ruled out for up to four weeks due a hamstring injury he sustained in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford at the Emirates. The 36-year-old went down on the stroke of half-time after taking a goal-kick, immediately signalling to his manager that he wants to be replaced.
That meant that new signing Bernd Leno made his first Premier League appearance since joining the Gunners in the summer. Arsenal fans have sympathised with Cech’s injury but are excited about the prospect of the German being used in the Premier League more often. Many thought he would be the first-choice keeper when Unai Emery signed him from Bayer Leverkusen but the manager seemingly opted with Cech for leadership reasons.
Arsenal fans are now hoping Leno can deliver on his opportunity and prove that he is the best fit for the position.
The Gunners travel to Baku on Wednesday for their Europa League encounter with Qarabag and Leno has been included in the squad. Arsenal also have an away game at Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions to Cech’s injury:
Just as he was improving and getting back playing well. Unlucky Cech.
Now Leno must take his opportunity to prove he should be #1
— Jahan Miah🏴🇧🇩 (@AllAboutTheAFC) October 2, 2018
Unlucky for cech. He’s been playing really well, Leno can now prove himself. hopefully cech will continue to perform well when he comes back…
— Rossi (@forsyth_kerr) October 2, 2018
Come back stronger @PetrCech ?
— Leno² (@LenoSquare) October 2, 2018
it’s LENO time!
— Jeikopok (@azibghulam) October 2, 2018
Leno’s time to show us he’s ready
— Marcos Ruiz (@marcosruizjr) October 2, 2018
Time for Leno to make his mark and show us what he’s made of. Full confidence in him.
— Luke Holmes (@iiTssWarrior) October 2, 2018
Big loss been playing great this season . Massive chance for leno to put a marker down tho .
— peter gardner (@petergardner50) October 2, 2018
Actually am glad want leno to start every pl game. I wish him speedy recovery thou
— Francisco (@CHIMZIE14) October 3, 2018