Arsenal beat Olympiakos 1-0 away from home to put themselves in the driving seat of their Europa League round of 32 tie.
The Gunners recorded a victory in Athens thanks to a goal from Alexandre Lacazette, which was brilliantly assisted by Bukayo Saka.
It wasn’t the greatest of performances from the north Londoners, but they picked up the result which is something they’ve found tricky under Mikel Arteta since his arrival in November.
The Spaniard taking over initially prompted an improvement performance-wise, but really there has been too many draws.
That said, it’s now back-t0-back wins for Arsenal and three straight clean sheets, and one man has been key in that recent defensive solidity.
Bernd Leno made some key saves against Olympiakos from Youssef El-Arabi and Mathieu Valbuena, underlining his massive importance to this side.
The Mirror reported recently that Arsenal are expecting offers for the £19.3 million man, but the club would be mad to entertain any interest this summer.
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Leno is proving with every game how important he is for Arsenal.
He might not be as comfortable with the ball at his feet as an Ederson or a Kepa Arrizabalaga, but his reflexes and shot-stopping are highly impressive.
The £100,000-a-week star (Spotrac) may not keep a lot of clean sheets, but often he keeps the scoreline down for Arsenal, and a case can be made for him being the club’s best acquisition since the 2018 departure of Arsene Wenger.