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Arsenal’s Carabao Cup hero Bernd Leno makes bold Emi Martinez statement

Bernd Leno says he never feared losing the Arsenal number one jersey to Emiliano Martinez.

Martinez took over at the back-end of last season after Leno suffered a season-ending injury.

The Argentine impressed, seizing his opportunity but ahead of this season, Mikel Arteta handed the reins back to his German keeper, while Martinez completed a £20million move to Aston Villa.

And Leno says he never feared losing his starter role. Speaking after Arsenal’s penalty shootout win over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup round of 16, Leno told Sky Sports: “No, I’ve never feared it because the club always gave me the feeling that I am the number one and I will be the number one.

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“So, that was always really good from the club, and my job is to prove it every week and I think I’ve done it tonight.”

Speaking about the win over Liverpool in which Leno won the Man of the Match award for his penalty shootout heroics, he added: “I think it was a very tough game, I think we made a few changes but you could see our philosophy, our intention to win this game.

Bernd Leno celebrates Arsenal’s Carabao Cup win over Liverpool with teammates
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