Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno states always believed he was the club’s No 1 after a Carabao Mug performance that drew praise through both Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp.
Emiliano Martinez impressed when he stepped within during Leno’s injury lay-off final term but was sold to Aston Villa this summer in a move that will surprised many supporters.
That decision put the spotlight back upon Leno, but after a man-of-the-match efficiency in the penalty shootout win over Gatwick, the German spoke of their enduring confidence in his credentials.
Asked if he had actually feared for his position, Leno told Sky Sports activities : “No. I’ve never terrifying it. The club always offered me the feeling I was the number one, I am the main and will be the number one.
“That was usually very good from the club – the job is to prove it each week and I think I’ve done it once again.
“It was a quite tough game. We made a couple of changes but you could see our own philosophy, our intention to earn the game. It’s a chance to win one more trophy.
“Of training course it’s very good for a goalkeeper to produce saves from penalties and see having a laugh faces after the game, but I would prefer next time to win the overall game without a shoot-out! When it happens even though it’s even better. ”
Arteta’s belief in Leno
Arteta admitted it absolutely was a tough decision to sell Martinez yet believes Leno’s performance was a lot more vindication.
“I genuinely have belief in Bernd. I know exactly what he can give us.
“We have to adapt to the circumstances; all of us can’t do everything we want on the market and we have players with worth. ”
He additional in his press conference: “We experienced two fantastic goalkeepers and they had been both performing really well
but we had to make decisions.
“I think it was a point in time when Emi needed the next step plus financially it was an interesting proposal for all of us.
“We have to utilize the resources we have to strengthen the group. He (Leno) was really helpful to obtain us through to the next round. inch
Klopp: I informed Leno I wasn’t happy with your pet!
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side more than earned to win the game but recognized their fate in the shootout — even if he admitted he had scolded his German compatriot in the resistance goal.
“I informed him after the game, I was not really too happy about that! ” the previous Borussia Dortmund boss said.
“We had some great moments – as a manager We wish that we scored but I would like to see us create.
“We showed the quality, it simply didn’t work out tonight and that is totally OK. We will try again, I am going to promise.
“Yes, we’re able to have been a bit more clinical in completing but Leno made a really good sport.
“In the end the particular penalty shoot-out, it is luck and lots of things, but Arsenal shot very well and us not exactly the same which is why we lost. ”
Redknapp’s praise for Menu
Jamie Redknapp to Sky Sports:
“Arsenal defensively look much more structured, a lot more organised.
“They’re defending for their lives, the particular goalkeeper was exceptional and your dog is got them working hard – most people are buying into what Mikel Arteta wants.
“I’ve already been very impressed with them and it’s likely to be a very good game against Town. Arteta was smiling about the pull – they’re good friends but he could still want to win! ”
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