Former Gunner Jens Lehmann says that Arsenal have signed a good keeper in compatriot Bernd Leno, but has urged him to take more risks in order to develop further.
The Invincible, who was let go by the club this summer when Arsene Wenger was replaced by Unai Emery, also believes Liverpool’s expensive goalkeeping signing, Alisson Becker, has a lot to prove to live up to that price tag.
On Leno, who cost Arsenal a club record fee(for a keeper) of £22.5m, he said, “Bernd is a good keeper, no doubt about that.
“The question is: Can he show more than he did in the past? He must take more risks and continue his development. He does that – good.
“If he fails to do so – Arsenal will look at a new keeper in one or two seasons.”
Quite what he means by taking risks, we’re not sure, but hopefully it’s not coming miles out of his goal and not getting anywhere near the ball.
The Gunners aren’t the only team to have spent big on goalkeepers this summer. Chelsea have just splashed out a world record £71m on Kepa Arrizabalaga, while Liverpool spent £67m on Allison who, just two seasons ago, was understudy to Wojciech Szczesny at Roma.
“Alisson is certainly a good player, but not a world-class keeper you’d expect for this price, said Lehmann.
“He has not given any proof of it. I see many keepers playing at his level. He’s 25 now and made 100 professional appearances so far, 50 of them coming for Roma last season.
“I am always interested to see whether those players can actually become world class. You must ask yourself why they only played 50 matches in six years as a pro.”