Club announcement

Watch Bernd Leno’s first Arsenal interview

Bernd Leno has become our second summer signing, joining on a long-term contract from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

We spoke to our new goalkeeper on Tuesday - and you can watch his full first interview by pressing the ‘play’ button above. Alternatively, read on for the full transcript.

Bernd, welcome to Arsenal. How does it feel to become a Gunner?
It feels very good. I’m happy, I’m proud to sign for Arsenal. For me it’s a dream to play for Arsenal.

What was it about Arsenal that made you want to come here?
I think the history of the club, the fans, the quality of the club and of the team is so good. I’ll try to help the team to come back to the Champions League and to win some trophies. Arsenal belong in the Champions League. 

When you think of Arsenal, what’s the first thing that comes into your head?
I remember many things, like Thierry Henry, Jens Lehmann, Highbury and Alexander Hleb too. I remember him at Stuttgart and then he played at Arsenal. For me, it’s the same story now. There are so many things that I can remember of Arsenal.

How did you feel when you first heard of the club’s interest?
I was excited and proud too, because Arsenal is such a big club all over the world. In Germany, Arsenal are so famous and when I heard it, I was a little bit nervous but at that moment it was clear for me: I wanted to sign for Arsenal.

It’s a new era for the club with Unai Emery becoming the manager. I’m sure he’s spoken to you already - what impressed you about him in those meetings?
Of course Arsène Wenger was always the coach at Arsenal but now it’s a new chapter for the club. I spoke to Unai Emery and he said that he believes I’m a good goalkeeper, and that he wanted me to join. For me it was clear that the club and the coach wanted to sign me, so I’m happy that all the people at the club said that I’m a good goalkeeper.