Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been discussing his move to North London in 2018. The German international joined the Gunners in a deal worth a reported (Evening Standard) £22.5 million, making the move from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 28-year-old has been talking to SWR in his homeland this week and explained why he decided to make the move to Arsenal in order to get out of his ‘comfort zone’.
He stated that he wanted to test himself and become a better player by finding a new home abroad and adapting to his new conditions.
“I really wanted to go abroad, London is a mega city for me.
“If you play in a club for seven years and everyone tells you how great you are, you’re also in the national team, then you might not be 100 percent ready, but only 99 percent.”
Leno’s move to Arsenal was undoubtedly a brave one.
The German was an established player at Leverkusen and in the mix for the Germany number one spot with Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
At first, it seemed to be an error. Leno struggled for his best form during his time at Arsenal, making silly mistakes and falling into bad habits.
However, over time, Leno has eradicated those mistakes and been a consistent performer for Arsenal in recent times.
Gunners fans will just be hoping he can continue to be a steady hand between the sticks in the years to come.