Arsenal Secure Bernd Leno Transfer From Bayer Leverkusen

Premier League giants Arsenal have signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.

The 26-year-old joins the Gunners in a reported £20m deal after penning a long-term contract to become the club’s second summer signing after Stephane Lichtsteiner.

The six-cap German international spent the majority of his youth career at VfB Stuttgart before joining Bayer Leverkusen in 2011 and thereafter became the youngest goalkeeper to feature in a Champions League match against Chelsea at the age of just 19 years and 193 days.

He went on to make over 230 appearances in seven seasons.

Leno won his first senior international call-up in 2015 and was part of the Germany squad that won the 2017 Confederations Cup.

He is presently with the world champions at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

On his latest acquisition, head coach Unai Emery said: “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us. Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”