Leno is Our No.1 – Time to back our man and forget the 13 Game Wonder


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Bernd Leno will never win, will he?

Ever since Emiliano Martínez was sold to Aston Villa, the German has been the primary target of attention for all Gooners who think the Argentine should have stayed.
Now, it’s perfectly fine to think that we should have kept Emiliano Martínez over Bernd Leno but the decision was made and now Bernd Leno is our goalkeeper, while Emiliano Martínez is at Villa Park.


Forget him, he is a Villa Player now

Let me apologise in advance for this rant but I’m already sick and tired of all the tweets, all the posts asking “how much is that Villa keeper?” or saying “OMG Emi I miss you so much!” and so on…

Move on, folks.

We went through the same when Olivier Giroud was sold to Chelsea to make way for a certain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, people moaning about the Frenchman being let go, regretting how unbelievable he was for us and whatnot. The same Olivier Giroud who said that moving from the Arsenal to Chelsea was an improvement, by the way.

Anyway, this is not about Olivier Giroud, this is about Bernd Leno: I believe that the German deserves some respect and I, for one, didn’t forget the collective feeling when he went down injured to his knee, in Brighton.


We were F..ked!!

That was the feeling, don’t even try to deny it: the FA Cup semi final against Manchester City was looming and playing it without our first-choice goalkeeper, one of the two outstanding performers of the season, made it more difficult that it already was.

At that point, Emiliano Martínez was just another piece of deadwood we had hung on for too long and someone we’d have to move on, rather cheaply, to bring some solid competition to…Bernd Leno.
At that point, Emiliano Martínez was the eternal second, the journeyman who couldn’t get a game at Getafe, the promising goalie who could not dislodge a long line of terrible keepers like Lukasz Fabianski, David Ospina or the declining Petr Čech. At that point, Emiliano Martínez was the player who didn’t register one single Premier League appearance in two years. At that point, Emiliano Martínez was rubbish, basically.

Thirteen games later – THIRTEEN – he was seen as the best goalkeeper at the Arsenal and one of the best in the country, the man on whose shoulders we should lay the foundations of the team.
Don’t get me wrong, Emiliano Martínez was nothing short of sensational in his incredible run-in of games, making crucial saves in the FA Cup and displaying great ability with his feet, but it’s a very, very small sample of games, we are talking about. It’s one third of a full league campaign, one quarter of a full season if we include cup games. It’s very limited.


A 13 game hero

We all want to find the superhero, the saviour, the man to single-handedly carry us to the top and quickly chose Emiliano Martínez over Bernd Leno, erasing in one go everything that the German did, rather well, to keep us afloat while the Unai Emery ship was sinking.

Before his injury, Bernd Leno was one of our top performers, on of the most reliable goalkeepers in the league and Adrian Clarke – among others – was quick to praise the German both in his Breakdown series on the official website and on; all of that disappeared once Emiliano Martínez replaced him when injured. It’s important to note how Mikel Arteta was never going to use Emiliano Martínez instead of Bernd Leno, if it wasn’t for the injury in Brighton.

Now that Emiliano Martínez has been sold to Aston Villa for a considerable amount of money, Bernd Leno is permanently under scrutiny for everything he does and, more absurdly, for everything Emiliano Martínez does at his new Club.

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Our World Class shot stopper

It came to the point where Bernd Leno gets criticized for what Emiliano Martínez does well at Aston Villa: it’s crazy. To the eyes of some Arsenal fans, Bernd Leno will never be good enough, apparently.
All I know is that Bernd Leno is my goalkeeper and I surely didn’t forget the numerous times he had our backs, out there, when Norwich, Watford or whatever average opponent was bombarding our goal.

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14 Responses to Leno is Our No.1 – Time to back our man and forget the 13 Game Wonder

  1. dawud muhammad September 29, 2020 at 4:44 pm #

    I understand what you are saying, and in principle I agree, Emi is gone, it’s done and dusted and let’s move on, but clubs asked for loyalty from players, and sometimes they got to reciprocate, and it’s not as if Emi didn’t show his class, at the very least they could have given him his chance and demand that Leno earned back his spot, and just to add, I for one was not worried when Leno went down injured, I had seen Emi performed in the past, and always thought he was excellent, so I was not surprised by his performances.

    • Webby89 September 29, 2020 at 9:59 pm #

      I suspect Emi was pushing for the move as he could not be ‘guaranteed’ the No1 spot he demanded at Arsenal and is more likely to get at Villa – it may not be a case of the club not being loyal to him.

      • Andrea Rosati September 30, 2020 at 10:22 am #

        A choice was made – right or wrong – and Emi was sold. Perhaps the Arsenal took the money and ran, perhaps Emi was pushing for the #1 guarantee and Arteta didn’t like it. Either way, he’s gone now. That was my point

  2. Jack Dickinson September 29, 2020 at 4:52 pm #

    what sentimental codswallop, big emi was performing at a level a class above anything Leno has ever delivered and we sold the wrong keeper. Your beloved keeper has looked like an accident waiting to happen since his return so you cannot expected people not to be pissed off.

    • Emrys September 29, 2020 at 5:20 pm #

      LENO is shit
      Emi is better than him, leno should support him self by stepping up.

      • Dave Seager September 29, 2020 at 6:10 pm #

        I honestly don’t understand your comment mate.

    • Andrea Rosati September 30, 2020 at 10:32 am #

      There’s no “sentimental codswallop” in there, Jack. I support the Club and not individual players. Right or wrong, Emi was sold and is at Villa now, Leno is our goalie. It’s none of Leno’s business what the Club decided to do with Emi and surely wasn’t an unilateral decision, he wanted the #1 spot guaranteed, which is crazy

  3. Loyiso September 29, 2020 at 4:53 pm #

    well said my dearest TRUE Gooner fan, big up to you.

  4. Ben September 29, 2020 at 5:02 pm #

    I have a lot of respect for Martinez and how much he cared for our club but £20 million was fantastic business for a player who achieved very little in 10 years apart from multiple mediocre loan spells.
    How many of those clubs were chomping at the bit to sign him? None!

    He was awesome at the end of last season but one short spell does not make for greatness.

    It is quite possible he is going to be a failure at Villa and not even be first choice by the end of the season…

    • Andrea Rosati September 30, 2020 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks Ben, indeed Emi has been great but the sample size is way too small! I wish him all the best at Villa

  5. Webby89 September 29, 2020 at 7:54 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more. Where was his support in the 1st half of last season? Martinez did very well for us and the support will not forget his contribution including the £20m he earned us. But please, lets move on now.

    • Andrea Rosati September 30, 2020 at 10:27 am #

      Thanks for your comment, Webby

  6. Andrew B September 30, 2020 at 9:32 pm #

    Look at the last Villa game against Fulham when he spilled a simple shot and was saved from embarrassment, eventually, by VAR.

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