Arsenal No.1 Admits to Dealing with Physical Premier League
Bernd Leno states he’s proud to be Arsenal no.1 but has conceded to finding it difficult to come to terms with the physicality of the premier league after arriving from Germany. The 26 year old goalkeeper joined in a $21.6 million dollar deal from German giants Bayer Leverkusen and after a few seasons, has gone on to establish himself as Arsenal’s top shot stopper, displacing Peter Cech – the former no1. Goalie from the starting lineup. He has gone on to make notable contributions to Arsenal’s challenge for the top four and the Europa league, but he says he found it a bit difficult to adjust the level of physical contact in the English Premiership compared to the German Bundesliga, where referees where more proactive in the protection of goalkeepers. Speaking to Sky Sports News, he stated:
“The biggest difference is the speed of the game and also the style of the game. Physically, it is strong and referees don’t whistle for every contact, I like this way, but it needed a little bit of time because in Germany you are always protected by the referee, but here nobody protects you and you have to get used to it.”
Mauricio Finally Wins His Own Little “Trophy”
It has been a week to forget for Spurs Boss, Mauricio Pochettino after back-to back defeats to Burnley and Chelsea left their premiership title hopes hanging by a thread. But just before the North London Derby with Arsenal this weekend, the Spurs manager and in-form player Heung-Min-Son picked up two individual awards at the London Football Awards held on Thursday night and made a joke about finally landing a trophy in his cabinet.
Upon collecting his award from the stage, the Tottenham gaffer said: “Like some people joke before – finally I got a trophy!”
He later added: “Always an award means a lot to everyone and I want to say thank you to the foundation and of course for these awards.”
The funds generated from the awards will be used towards the Willow, a national charity which works with very ill young adults within the ages of 16 and 40.
The Tottenham Coach has been criticized for not having won any trophies in the duration of his managerial career, and this has recently risen to unprecedented levels after he was connected with the Head coaching position at Manchester United, with many ex United players not deeming the Argentine fit for the top job at Old Trafford.
However, it will be remiss to say he is not a fantastic coach after the incredible job he had done at the White Hart Lane and now at Wembley. The Argentine finished 5th in his first full season at the top flight and his team were silver medalists in the league cup that same year.
The next season, he reshuffled the locker room, signed Dele Alli for five million pounds, and has since finished the league in 3rd, 2nd, and 3rd positions respectively.