Bernd Leno: Pressure is on Chelsea now

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno believes Chelsea will be under pressure to deliver tonight following the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Cardiff City.

Unai Emery’s side got off to a slow start at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night with neither Arsenal or Cardiff able to register a single shot on target in the first half in what proved to be an emotional night given Emiliano Sala’s tragic disappearance.

In the 66th-minute, the deadlock was finally broken when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a penalty for Arsenal after Bruno Ecuele Manga had fouled Sead Kolasinac in the area.

Alexandre Lacazette then found the bottom corner of the net to put Arsenal 2-0 up in the 83rd-minute before substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing grabbed a late consolation goal for Cardiff.

“I think the most important thing was that we won,” said Leno on Arsenal.com.

“It was a tough game and very difficult because Cardiff are very strong on set-pieces and physical, so the most important thing was to win.”

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He added: I think we started very well. In the first 10 minutes we had some chances to score and didn’t take them, then Cardiff played better and we were a little bit nervous.

“They had some chances and we knew about their quality and physicality, so it was very hard to play against them with the long balls. We’ve also had some injuries so I think it was a tough game.”

The Germany international is hopeful that Chelsea will slip up in their trip to Bournemouth tonight after Arsenal drew level with them in fourth-place in the Premier League on 47 points.

“Our goal is to get into the top four again,” said Leno.

“I’m not sure if Manchester City and Manchester United won their games, but tomorrow Chelsea have a little bit more pressure and we will wait on their mistakes.”

Arsenal will next take a trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.

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