The hamstring injury sustained by Petr Cech that will keep him out for up to four weeks means that Bernd Leno is now our first choice for the Premier League.
Having cut his teeth in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, the question now is whether Unai Emery will risk him for tonight’s game against Qarabag.
Interestingly, Arsenal brought two other goalkeepers to Azerbaijan – Emi Martinez and Dejan Iliev – but it’s the
Spaniard Argentine who is likely to be considered for a starting spot if the boss decides he has to keep Leno safe for the league.
However, he was giving nothing away in press conference yesterday when asked which of the two would be starting the game.
“The best idea is to think only of the match tomorrow and with the respect for this competition because we want, at the end, to finish first in the group,” he said.
“We want to win tomorrow with the best players for playing. We are very happy with Leno and I want to then give him confidence to continue playing. Emi Martinez also can play.
“We will tell the players the first XI but today I want every player thinking that they will play tomorrow to help us to win this match.”
So, will he give Martinez his first Arsenal start since April 2017 when we lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, or stick with the £22.5m signing and let him continue his progression into the first team?
Who would you pick?