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Bernd Leno ready to size “big chance” at Arsenal

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Bernd Leno intends to take advantage of Petr Cech’s injury and prove why he deserves to be the first-choice goalkeeper at Arsenal

Cech was forced to withdraw from Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Watford on the stroke of half-time after feeling pain following a goal-kick.

Manager Unai Emery then called up Leno to replace Cech and the German impressed on his Premier League debut with a couple of fine saves as an own goal by Craig Cathcart and Mesut Ozil’s strike ensured Arsenal of all three points.

Now Leno has set his sights on proving to Emery why he is ready to take over as the Gunners’ new number one.

“Yes, of course,” he replied when asked if he is happy to be given a chance to establish himself in Cech’s absence, on Sky Sports.

“Now Petr is injured – I don’t know how long for – I have the opportunity to play more games and show the coach my quality.

“It is a big chance for me, I don’t want to say it wrong that I am happy for Petr to be injured, I think always it is a bad feeling so I feel sorry for him but now I have more opportunities to play and I will concentrate on the games.”

Since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, Leno has been forced to stay on the bench with Cech starting in goal for all seven of Arsenal’s league games.

The 26-year-old has featured in the Gunners’ Europa League and Carabao Cup games, but will likely start in all of the club’s games for the next two to three weeks as Cech recovers from his leg injury.