18 Oct

Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton win

first_imgBernd Leno has been in good form for Arsenal recently (Getty Images)Lucas Torreira hailed the performance of Bernd Leno during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton at the Emirates and praised the goalkeeper for his development this season.The 26-year-old Germany international joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in a £19m deal last summer but had to bid his time patiently to dislodge Petr Cech from the starting line-up.Leno started on the bench in each of Arenal’s first seven Premier League games of the season before coming on as a substitute in the seventh game against Watford after Cech got injured.Since then, Leno has emerged as Unai Emery’s first-choice goalkeeper and with Cech retiring at the end of the season, he has a great opportunity to make the position his own long-term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking after Leno had made four saves and kept a clean sheet after Arsenal’s victory against Southampton, Torreira said: ‘Bernd’s a very important player, he’s been growing throughout the season. Unai Emery reflects on match against SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:51FullscreenUnai Emery reflects on match against Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-reflects-match-against-southampton-1869632/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Leno had to be alert to deny Matt Targett and Charlie Austin and saved his best save for the final minute as he again denied Targett with an excellent stop as the left-back looped a volley from distance towards the top corner.After keeping just one clean sheet in his first 14 Premier League starts, Leno has now had two shutouts in his previous five league outings, helping Arsenal to become more solid defensively.Victory against Southampton has lifted Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League table after Manchester United were held to a draw by Liverpool at Old Trafford.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Feb 2019 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link695Shares Comment Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton wincenter_img Lucas Torreira also joined Arsenal last summer (Getty Images)‘We’re really happy to have him between the sticks for us. He’s very strong in terms of playing with his feet as well and we’re happy to get the three points today.’On Arsenal keeping a clean sheet, he said: ‘I think it’s always important to keep a clean sheet because if we do we give ourselves a much better chance of getting the three points, and of course that’s what happened today.’Although Arsenal raced into a 2-0 lead within the opening 17 minutes thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, they didn’t have things all their own way as Southampton applied pressure on their goal in the second half. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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