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Merson: “Cech is a million miles away from Arsenal return”

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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson reckons the young Bernd Leno has now got the measure of Petr Cech at the club after some good performances

Gunners boss Unai Emery had started Cech in goal for their opening seven Premier League fixtures with Leno made to settle for the bench.

However, the German got his chance during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Watford on September 29 when Cech was withdrawn with a hamstring injury.

Leno has since performed well in goal with Arsenal currently on a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

The 26-year-old has even kept Cech benched after the veteran shot-stopper return to training in October.

“He is doing really well, isn’t he?” Merson told Sky Sports, via Football London.

“He looks a good goalkeeper, he looks like he’s got a good temperament as well. He’s made some great saves.

“They’re always out of danger, he doesn’t gamble, he doesn’t go ‘oh I think he’s going to hit it there’.

“That’s reading the game to the highest level. He’s been outstanding, absolutely outstanding.”

The former midfielder adds he cannot see Cech reclaiming his spot in the Arsenal team anytime soon.

“There was talk when Cech got fit, people were wondering if he would come back in,” Merson continued.

“But now you’re thinking that’s a million miles away at the moment.

“A million miles away.”

Arsenal will next face Vorskla in Ukraine on Thursday in a Group E Europa League match.