Bernd Leno is a brilliant modern goalkeeper – Mustafi

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has lavished praise on the qualities of new teammate Bernd Leno

The 26-year-old was signed from Bayer Leverkusen during the summer transfer window by new manager Unai Emery.

However, Leno has been made to play second fiddle to Petr Cech during the early stages of the new season.

But Mustafi insists that Leno will get his chance and will thrive at Arsenal.

“I know Bernd very well because we played together since the Under-15s German team, so I have known him for a long time,” he said on the Evening Standard.

“He is a brilliant goalkeeper. He has everything a modern keeper needs: good feet, good hands and he has personality.”

The German goalkeeper is one of five new summer acquisitions at the Gunners.

Yet he is the only one to not have made a single appearance.

New boss Emery has shaken things up at the Emirates since replacing the long-serving Arsene Wenger.

The likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil have not been handed the same kind of prominent roles they had enjoyed under Wenger.

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Ramsey was left on the bench in last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea, while Ozil was surprisingly substituted.

“Competition is something that brings you to the next level, because if you have no competition and you know you are starting week in, week out, it takes a little bit of the quality [away],” said Mustafi.

“When you know you have someone standing on your toes, you are going to be try and be better and better every week.

“Competition is right but it has to be healthy. For us it is because we are in a good team spirit.

“Everyone is quite happy with the people we have in the changing room. There’s no people fighting each other or something like this.

“There is competition but healthy competition and that is something that is going to bring us forward.”

Despite losing their first two games, there are reasons to remain optimistic at Arsenal.

“We can be positive about what we did,” said Mustafi.

“If we keep doing what the coach asks, results are going to come.”

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