A hamstring injury to veteran Petr Cech saw summer signing Bernd Leno come into the Arsenal starting XI a few weeks ago. Since then the 26-year-old shot-stopper has largely impressed between the sticks.
However, since stepping into the first team at the Emirates Stadium, a major flaw in the 6-cap Germany international’s game has emerged. Leno struggles to deal with crosses delivered into his area, a weakness that opponents will soon begin to target.
Against Liverpool, last time out, his mishandling of a Sadio Mane delivery led to James Milner’s opening goal. A warning had come even before that, though, when he came out to claim a high cross and was caught in no man’s land, leaving Virgil van Dijk to head against the post.
Cech, on the other hand, has no such difficulties in negotiating crosses into the box. However, the 36-year-old has already proven himself to be far less adept with the ball at his feet.
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Considering that Unai Emery is trying to develop a side capable of playing the ball out from the back, the Spanish manager ought to persist with his younger acquisition and hope that his ability to deal with crosses develops with further Premier League experience.
What do you think, Arsenal fans – who ought to be the Gunners’ first choice goalkeeper at this time?