Bernd Leno says he takes great confidence from the attacking quality Arsenal have at their disposal but he admits the Gunners need to balance their forward play with responsible defending.
Having taken a respectable seven points from four games, we head into the first Interlull of the season in fifth place in the table although questions continue to linger about our vulnerability at the back.
Goals from Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dug us out of a hole in the North London derby as we bounced back from two goals down to grab a valuable point. With record-signing Nicolas Pepe also looking bright, although yet to open his account for the season, Leno is positive that the trio will cause opponents plenty of headaches.
“Yes, I think so,” replied the German when asked by the Mirror if his teammates could outscore their rivals.
“The three players up top, with Pepe also there now, we have unbelievable quality they can score the big chances but also score from nothing and so the other teams always know and have to be aware that we have a lot of dangerous players and that gives us big confidence.
“You can see the game against Liverpool we had one or two chances to score when it was 0-0 so we can score with our quality in that top three.
“We can score against everybody but I think the key is always the balance with the defence because in the end that is the most important thing. We know about our character but also about the quality.”
Leno’s attention will now turn to international duty. The keeper was picked by Germany for their upcoming games with Northern Ireland and Holland. As always, he has stiff competition, going head-to-head-to-head with Barcelona’s Ter Stegen and Bayern’s Manuel Neuer.