Bernd Leno may be the newest member of our squad, but he won’t be a total stranger when he walks into the dressing room for the first time.
Our new goalkeeper has played alongside Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi for Germany, and actually came up through his country’s youth ranks with the latter.
“I already know Musti and Mesut Ozil from the national team, plus Xhaka, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan from the Bundesliga,” Leno told Arsenal Player. “I talked to Musti about Arsenal many months ago.
“He said it’s a fantastic club with a fantastic stadium and fantastic fans. I watched games on the TV in Germany and yes, Arsenal is a fantastic club.
“I’ve known Musti for about 10 or 11 years. We grew up together in the youth national teams, the under-17s through to the under-21s. It’s funny to see us together at Arsenal now!”
Having played against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the last five seasons, Leno is looking forward to being on the same team as our No 14.
“Yes, it will be special because in the past I’ve always played against him,” he added. “He’s so fast and as a goalkeeper you have to respect his qualities, his speed. Now we’ll train together and I hope he’ll score for us.”
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