New Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno has revealed that compatriots Shkrodan Mustafi and Mesut Ozil played a big role in him moving from Germany to England during the last transfer window in the summer.
The 26-year-old spoke about his move to the Emirates Stadium in a chat with the club’s official website and that the two players convinced him to swap Bayer Leverkusen for Arsenal during the summer’s transfer window.
He further revealed that he has known Mustafi for over a decade having played together with him through the various German youth teams.
Bernd Leno signed a long-term contract at Arsenal this summer after the Gunners agreed to pay a reported fee of around €22m for his services.
Since moving to the Emirates Stadium, Leno has had to play second fiddle to the club’s vice-captain and first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech especially in the Premier League.
He featured in the cup competitions (Carabao Cup and Europa League games) until Cech suffered a hamstring injury during the Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Everyone at the Emirates Stadium.
The injury has since ruled out the retired Czech Republic international goalkeeper for one month and Bernd Leno has been in the Arsenal goal since then.