Calum Chambers made his return to Fulham’s starting lineup to earn his fifth Premier League appearance for the club in their midday clash against Javi Garcia’s Watford. The Cottagers conceded early on in the fixture but they managed to salvage a draw thanks to a goal from forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Despite signing a long-term contract with Arsenal back in July, the Gunners’ new manager, Unai Emery, decided to send the Englishman out on loan so he could get consistent game time in the Premier League. If rumours are to be believed, a handful of clubs expressed their interest in signing the 23-year-old on a season-long loan. In the end, it was Fulham who were able to finalise the deal to bolster their defensive options.
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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a fee believed to be around £18 million.
The 30-year-old started off his senior career as a prospect of the AEK Athens Academy. The Greek defender made his debut for the club in 2005 and went on to make just over 50 appearances for the club. Sokratis has also played Genoa, AC Milan, and Werder Bremen. While his playing time for the Rossoneri was limited, he did earn a medal after the club won the league in the 2010-11 league season.
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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of German goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for a fee believed to be around £20 million. Leno’s number will be revealed soon.
The 26-year-old played for Die Werkself for seven years after joining the club from VfB Stuttgart in 2011. Since his arrival, the goalkeeper has gone on to make just over 300 appearances for the club. However, following poor performances across the 2017/18 league season, Leverkusen opted to sign Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt following the expiration of his contract.
Across the 304 senior games Leno played for the German club, he kept 100 clean sheets (32.8% of his total appearances) while also conceding 378 goals (averaging 1.2 goals conceded a game).
Speaking about his new goalkeeper, Arsenal head coach, Unai Emery, said: “We are very pleased that Brend 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.”
Bernd Leno – Facts and Statistics
- Age: 26 (Born – 4th March 1992)
- Height: 6ft 3 in
- Major Honours: Confederations Cup (1)
- Clubs: Arsenal (2018 – Present), Bayer Leverkusen (2011 – 2018), VfB Stuttgart (2003 – 2011)
- Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas was the German goalkeeper’s idol growing up.
- Bernd Leno has committed the second highest amount of errors leading to goals (9) in the Bundesliga since the 2015/16 league season.
- Bernd Leno has kept the second highest amount of clean sheets (45) in the Bundesliga since the 2014/15 league season.