Bernd Leno ready to fight for Arsenal No 1 spot

21/09/18 1:14pm

Bernd Leno says he came to Arsenal to play `every game`

Bernd Leno says he is ready to build on his Arsenal debut and push to become first-choice goalkeeper after a frustrating start to life at the club.

The 26-year-old joined the Gunners from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer but had to wait for Thursday`s 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla Poltava to make his debut.

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Petr Cech has been Gunners boss Unai Emery`s preferred choice in their opening Premier League games, but Leno is looking to secure a regular spot.

Asked if he had been frustrated at being made to wait to make his debut, Leno replied: Of course, because I came to the club to play every game.

But I think to move to a bigger club, another country, it needs maybe a little bit of time. It is a little bit frustrating but I keep calm and work very hard to improve.

Leno joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer

I think my performances in training are good. I train very hard and maybe it needs a little bit of time. I keep calm. My chance will come.

I came for the Premier League. I think it is the best league. The Bundesliga is good but the Premier League is better so I will look forward to playing anytime in the Premier League.

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Leno - who has six Germany caps - revealed Emery has not come to a specific arrangement with his goalkeepers over who will play in which matches, and added that he has a good working relationship with Cech.

The coach always makes the starting XI based on the performance, he said.

I think it could change, not every week, but he will change a lot. He didn`t say the Premier League is Petr`s competition and the Europa League is mine. I will work hard every day to play more games.

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We have fun together. We push each other and I think the competition with us is very good. We both can improve and it`s still going.

Of course, [Petr] is a big personality. He had a big career and is still a very good goalkeeper - it is very good to work with him and for my development it is very good to have the competition with him.

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