Romelu Lukaku has been the talk of the town, but Arsenal star Bernd Leno stole a bit of his thunder with a phenomenal save in the second half at the Emirates yesterday.
Chelsea were clearly the better side and deservedly won the game. Arsenal weren’t as bad as we were against Brentford, but the difference in level between the two teams was overly evident.
Lukaku dominated Arsenal’s defence from start to finish. Pablo Mari really struggled to deal with him, before and after the Belgian opened the scoring for the Blues in the first half yesterday.
Lukaku: Bernd Leno made a really good save
The former Inter Milan star could’ve easily scored another in the second half. Mason Mount floated in a delightful cross and Lukaku got his head onto the ball brilliantly. Fans were waiting for the net to bulge, but Leno pulled off a remarkable save.
Lukaku was stunned by the stop. He simply could not believe his eyes and admitted after the game that the German’s save was a ‘really good’ one.
He said on Sky Sports (Sunday, 06:47 pm): “There are good goalkeepers in this league. That was a great save. I think the cross from Mason was brilliant, the header was good. But the save was also really good.”
Leno’s proving his worth
Arsenal announced the signing of Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United last week. The Englishman is our most expensive goalkeeper ever, and many at the club believe he will provide strong competition to Leno.
The German has had his problems over the last 12 months, but nobody can deny his quality. Complacency may have caused a few errors last season, but now that there’s someone ready to pounce if he makes a mistake, he’ll always be on his toes.
Leno’s save really was fantastic. It looked like a guaranteed goal when the ball left Lukaku’s head, but the German got a hand to it, and although it didn’t help us win the game, it made the scoreline look a lot more respectable.