Tony Cascarino highlights Bernd Leno as a weak link for Arsenal
Unai Emery faces a tough task in leading Arsenal back into the Champions League this season. However, the Gunners have strengthened this summer. The club record £72 million arrival of Nicolas Pepe from Lille is particularly exciting.
However, the north London club must bolster their defensive contingent ahead of the new campaign. Arsenal were far too weak at the back last season. They cannot afford to be so defensively vulnerable again this time around.
The pursuit of Kieran Tierney may lead to a resolution of the club’s left-back issues. On top of that, the rejected offer for Daniele Rugani demonstrates that Emery is keen to bring a new centre-back to the Emirates Stadium.
However, according to former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino, one of the Gunners’ key weak spots is between the sticks. As quoted by talkSPORT, Cascarino said of the Arsenal No. 1, Bernd Leno, “last season, he was punching balls that were quite easily catchable and I was thinking, ‘Wow, you’ve got to be better than that, you’ve got to be more commanding’”.
These comments are harsh on the German shot-stopper. It took the 27-year-old a little while to adapt to English football. However, following a stunning performance against Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in early March, Leno was practically flawless for the rest of the campaign.
The six-cap Germany international ended the season in top form and full of confidence. Despite what Cascarino says, Emery really has no reason to worry about Leno heading into the new campaign.
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