An injury to Kevin Trapp has seen Bernd Leno called up to the Germany squad for their upcoming games against the Netherlands and France.
The Eintracht Frankfurt keeper was selected ahead of the Arsenal man, but his withdrawal means the 26 year old could add to his six full caps, the last of which came in a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan in August 2017.
Leno has had to bide his time domestically since his £22.5m move from Bayer Leverkusen in July. New boss Unai Emery preferred the experience of Petr Cech in the Premier League, but when the veteran sustained a hamstring strain in the 2-0 win over Watford the door was opened and the German has done his best to stake his claim to the number one position.
He kept clean sheets against Watford and Qarabag, pulling off some important saves in each game, and although we conceded against Fulham at the weekend he was blameless for the goal and Gunners had him to think for making a fantastic stop in the opening minutes to prevent the home side taking the lead.
Hopefully the call up to the national side will be another boost to his confidence. Former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry, now with Bayern Munich, was also a late addition to Joachim Low’s squad.