For the first time since he arrived in the summer, Bernd Leno’s name was sung loudly, proudly and repeatedly by the home fans as the German helped Arsenal to an important 2-0 win over Manchester United at the Emirates.
Having started the season as back-up to Petr Cech, the 27-year-old has now made 27 consecutive appearances in the league and in recent weeks we’ve seen his tidy performances give way to point-winning ones.
Following an impressive showing at Sp*rs, against whom he made a stunning double stop just before half time, the keeper made several stops at key moments yesterday to keep the Red Devils at bay.
After the victory, the former Bayer Leverkusen stopper admitted he’s enjoying his football before sounding a warning to the Gunners upcoming opponents.
“I think I’ve played a good season and of course I need time to get a feeling and adapt to the league and my new team,” he told Arsenal.com.
“Goalkeeper is a special person and I think I’m now in a good moment. I will keep working over the last eight games to show my best performances and help the team. I think today I did the same like weeks before.
“The manager gave me the time and when I got the chance I played well, so he told me I’ll stay in the goal. I’m pleased to play for Arsenal and I want to give the club and the team something back with my performances.
He added: “We are in the top four and now the other teams will wait for our mistakes.
We aren’t playing any of the top six teams so I think we can beat the other teams. I think the next game is against Newcastle and that’s another opportunity to win and stay in the top four.
“It was very important to beat United not only for the Premier League but for the game on Thursday so we don’t have so much pressure.
“The most important thing is the positive atmosphere and now everybody has confidence because at home we are very strong. I think Rennes saw this performance today so they will have respect to play at our stadium.”