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Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has revealed the piece of advice Unai Emery offered him prior to his first Premier League appearance.
The German was substituted in for Petr Cech during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford.
Leno, who moved to the Emirates in a £22m deal from Bayer Leverkusen has been restricted to Europa League and domestic cup games so far with Cech occupying the No. 1 spot in the Premier League.
However, after the veteran’s hamstring injury suffered over the weekend, now the 26-year-old is set to be handed an extended run in the team while Cech is sidelined.
As reported by The Sun, speaking after Saturday’s win, Leno said: “It’s difficult to sit on the bench but the coach said to me ‘Don’t be sad or disappointed, just train hard’.
“He has worked with many goalkeepers and it is a ¬specialist position – it takes a little bit more time to build confidence and to get a feeling for the team.
“I was calm and worked hard every day, and the coach gave me the time.
“It was a good start to save the first shot. It was important for the team not to concede the first goal and of course it was good for my confidence.
“Now Petr is injured, I have the opportunity to play more games and show the coach my quality.
“Some weeks ago he told me to stay calm because I played for just one professional club in Germany and it is a new country, a new language, and everything is new for me.”