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'It's a family and I'm proud to be part of it'

Bernd Leno has been with us for less than two months but he already feels like part of the Arsenal family.

The goalkeeper played a full 90 minutes against Lazio on Saturday - keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win - and is competing with Petr Cech and Emi Martinez for a starting role against Manchester City.

Whoever gets the nod for the Premier League opener, Leno is genuinely happy with life at his new club.

“It’s very good, I’m so proud to be part of Arsenal,” he told Arsenal.com. “The team is very nice, the coaching is very good and it’s fun to be here.

“It’s like a family, we have big players, big personalities but I think the atmosphere is brilliant. I’m a little bit surprised [by how good it is], it’s very good for me to come to a team as a new player and the team make it very easy.

“I am satisfied [with the Lazio game], I think the team showed a good performance and the defence was very good as well. We won the game but the most important thing was the performance and that was very good.

“I think we are very close to being at 100 per cent. It was exciting to be in Singapore, then on Wednesday we had a difficult game, and today again, but now we can relax a bit and on Tuesday we will focus on the game on Sunday and prepare for Man City.”

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