Arsenal’s new signing Bernd Leno spoke to the club offical website and recalled his memory of becoming a football player. He joined the Gunners from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen earlier this week.
The new custodian of the North London club was signed after the recommendation of Unai Emery and he went back down to his memory lanes to speak about how he became a Goal Keeper at the first place.
“My first memories of football were my first game when I visited Stuttgart’s stadium. Since that point it was a dream to become a professional football player – and 15 years later I’ve signed for Arsenal. I can say I’m living my dream,” the German international told the Arsenal website.
Speaking of the memory of his very first game at the stadium, he said that he went with his parents and brother while Vfb Stuttgart were playing Werder Bremen on the very day. He played for the Stuttgart II side but never made an appearance for the first team.
Leno also revealed how he was influenced by former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann as the German legend was at Stuttgart in his early days.
“When I was a child, Iker Casillas was always my idol, but when I was at Stuttgart, there were many players, like Timo Hildebrand and Jens Lehmann. I watched many of Jens’ training sessions to learn from him. So yeah, they were my idols,” he added.
Former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann was one of his idols
The Arsenal keeper also told an interesting story about becoming a Goal Keeper as he started his career as a midfielder.
“I was a midfielder until I was nine or 10 years old. But the goalkeeper from my hometown club didn’t come to one game and I tried to play there. I was good and since then I never wanted to leave the goal.”