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Leno names his Arsenal number one

Gunners goalie's surprise selection to go between the sticks if he gets a red card

20 May, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Bernd Leno: ‘Tottenham is the best game I’ve ever played in’

BERND Leno believes Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is so good between the sticks, he could even play as an emergency goalkeeper if the club needed him to.

In a special online Q&A with supporters on Thursday, Gunners goalie Leno was asked which outfield player would do his job best.

The Germany international, who completed a £22.5million switch from Bayer Leverkusen to Arsenal in 2018, was quick to praise Aubameyang’s “flying” reflexes.

“I think it’s Auba,” he said. “I saw that many times Auba would make some good saves after training in free-kick challenges.

“He was flying very well. I was very impressed and he could be a good choice if I got a red card and we have made three changes already.”

And if Leno didn’t play in goal?

“I would play as a centre-back,” he added. “First of all, I don’t like running! At centre-back, you don’t run as much as anyone else.

“I also like to challenge, to tackle, and I think that this position suits me because I’m a bit taller, like a defender.”

Leno also says fans in the Premier League are more immersed than in Germany, singling out one fixture in particular as the best of them all.

He said: “The best atmosphere was the north London derby against Tottenham. It’s the best I’ve ever played in.

“The difference between Germany and England is that in Germany you have the ultras in most of the stadiums behind the goal.

“There’s like 20,000 behind one goal, singing all the time.

“In England, the fans are singing everywhere. In England it’s either very loud or very reactive.

“In Germany they’re singing a lot and it’s loud, but English fans react more to saves, to tackles – they celebrate them more like goals!”

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