Ian Wright has welcomed new goalkeeper, Bernd Leno to the club by expressing his optimism at the signing of the German international on Twitter.
Leno came in on Tuesday and is expected to be the club’s new first choice stopper; given that Petr Cech appeared to be on the wane last season and David Ospina doesn’t command his penalty area as well as we would like.
Leno has joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year deal for a fee of around £19.2m.
Taking to Twitter (h/t Daily Star), Wright said, “Time will tell with how Leno settles and what he goes onto achieve but can’t fault the purpose and speed at which the club is moving at. #Arsenal”
Leno also took to Twitter, saying “Happy and proud to play for this great club @Arsenal in the future! “I’ll do my best and I‘m looking forward to the start of the new season as a Gunner.”
Leno is one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in the Bundesliga, even if he was surprisingly overlooked for the World Cup by Germany manager, Joachim Low, who opted instead for Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and PSG back-up Kevin Trapp along with captain and Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer.
The 26-year-old becomes our second signing of the Unai Emery era after the arrival of Stephan Lichtsteiner and more deals are expected; the pair of centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and midfielder Lucas Torreira are likely to join after the World Cup.
It is hard not to be encouraged by the club’s business this summer. While Tottenham are seemingly too pre-occupied by the uncertain timing of their stadium move to focus on early recruitment, Manchester City are arguably resting on their laurels and Chelsea do not even have a manager yet, we have effectively secured four additions who all, on paper at least, significantly improve the squad.
Naturally, the success of this window will be dictated by the results but for now, Wrighty’s optimism looks well-placed.