Arsenal should aim higher than Bernd Leno for their number one spot

As reported by The Daily Mail, Arsenal are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno this summer as their number one choice to replace Petr Cech.

What’s the story?

Cech has had an immensely difficult season between the sticks for the Gunners, most recently at fault for two goals in their defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

That performance has led to more questions about his long-term future at the club, becoming clear they need a new competitor for the number one spot at the Emirates.

One contender for that spot could be Bernd Leno, according to The Daily Mail, who report that Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is a huge fan of the Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper.

The paper say that the Gunners will try to sign the Germany international this summer.

Rated at £12.6m by Tranfermarkt, does he offer the quality that Arsenal need to improve upon Cech?

Good enough?

Leno has had an accomplished career at Leverkusen, making an impressive 295 appearances for the club already at the age of 26.

That consistency in appearances has earned him plaudits in Germany, taking mental and physical strength to compete week in, week out at that level.

His last two season have been difficult though, keeping just six clean sheets in the Bundesliga last year and conceding 55 goals and this term conceding 33 already and keeping just 7 clean sheets.

Definitely a goalkeeper who has a mistake in his game too, perhaps he isn’t the surefire solution to Arsenal’s goalkeeping problems that you might think.

With plenty of young, upcoming goalkeepers around Europe, Arsenal could probably do better than the Germany cap, even if they would be more expensive to bring to London.