Bernd Leno vows to bide time at Arsenal with Petr Cech Unai Emery's No. 1
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has said he is convinced "my time here will come" after starting his career at the club as second choice.
Leno arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer but new head coach Unai Emery has preferred to keep incumbent Petr Cech in the No. 1 spot so far -- even though many supporters believe the German newcomer is better suited to the coach's style of playing from the back.
The 26-year-old, who has yet to make a competitive appearance for Arsenal, said has no regrets about his move to London and that he is remaining patient.
"I am convinced my move was the right decision," Leno told Sport Bild.
"Arsenal paid a lot of money for me, I received a good welcome. I won't get crazy over this [being on the bench]. It maybe takes a few weeks or months, but my time here will come. I'd love to play straight away. But I won't lose my patience, the coach has shown me a clear plan and I believe in it. But sure: I always want to play and as soon as possible here."
Cech has made a number of good saves in the opening three games of the season but his ability to play the ball with his feet has been questioned, with Emery insisting the goalkeeper should be part of the team's build-up play.
Leno said that part of the game is one of his strengths and revealed that Emery told him before his move that his skill with his feet was part of the reason Arsenal wanted him.
"My style of play fits Unai Emery's idea of play. He likes a high-positioned goalkeeper, who can also initiate play," Leno said.
"That's what the coach told me before the move, and again only recently. That's my game. Arsenal were looking for a keeper for that."