Arsenal have announced the signing of Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The 26-year-old Germany international becomes the second signing of the new Unai Emery reign, after Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner joined as a free agent.
The news was announced on the official Arsenal Twitter page on Tuesday evening.
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Football Insider verdict:
The jury is out on Leno. He’s made a lot of high-profile mistakes for club and country and that meant he was dropped from Germany’s World Cup squad despite being used in the build-up to the finals. He joined Leverkusen in 2012 for £7million from Stuttgart and has made 304 appearances for the Bundesliga side. Last season he made 33 league appearances and kept 10 clean sheets. One thing that Arsenal fans will love though is the manner of his transfer. In the final few years of Arsene Wenger’s reign at the Emirates, summer transfers were never simple and usually dragged on through the summer, and ended in disappointment. Emery seems to play things differently, deciding who he wants and then getting the deal done as quickly as possible. There’s been no mention of fee for Leno but he was under contract with Leverkusen until 2020 so we’d imagine that he commanded a fairly decent price. Arsenal fans will be desperately hoping that he’s got what it takes to survive in the high-pressure world of the Premier League.
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