- Unai Emery has named goalkeeper Bernd Leno as his best performer against Manchester United
- Emery was particularly thrilled by the German's save off Romelu Lukaku alongside several other top stops
- The 27-year-old joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen for £19m last summer
Unai Emery says he was impressed with the performance of Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno during Arsenal’s side 2-0 win over Manchester United at the Emirates.
According to Metro, the Spanish football tactician was particularly thrilled by Leno’s save off Romelu Lukaku alongside several other stops, a performance that left Emery pleased with the German’s display.
At the commencement of the campaign, Leno, who joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen for £19m last summer played second fiddle to veteran Petr Cech in the pecking order.
But the 27-year-old Leno seems to have mastered the physical demands of the Premier League after struggling initially to come to terms with the fast-pace football.
Leno’s top class display against Man United on Sunday has significantly boosted Arsenal’s chances of returning to the Champions League next season.
Speaking after the match Emery said: “I’m very proud of our players. They gave all they could against the best team at this moment.
“We were playing very competitive for 90 minutes and I think we deserved this victory. We can be happy today.
“We knew Manchester United could use different tactics but we wanted to impose our gameplan and I think we did that.
“Our goalkeeper is very important and sometimes the goalkeeper can save us and today I’m very proud of his work,” he submitted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Arsenal hand Manchester United their first Premier League defeat since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solakjaer in December 2018.
The victory ensured the Gunners overtake the Red Devils at the fourth position with two points better than the visitors. United got the first clear chance to score in the match but Romelu Lukaku's effort was denied by the woodwork.
Granit Xhaka opened scoring for the Gunners in the 12th minute with a bent shot from long range having received a precise pass from Alexandre Lacazette.
In the second stanza, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was mostly quiet in the game got on the scores sheet after converting a spot kick to give his side two goals advantage in the 69th minute.
Lacazzette won the penalty after being brought down in United's danger zone by Fred in a bid to stop the Frenchman from doubling his side's tally.
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