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Mikel Arteta hails goalkeeper Bernd Leno for impressive performance in Liverpool Carabao Cup win

‘We had two fantastic goalkeepers but we had to make decisions: Mikel Arteta’s call to make Bernd Leno his No 1 and sell Emiliano Martinez pays off after German’s match-winning Anfield display

  • Bernd Leno’s impressive performance saw Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties
  • Mikel Arteta says it didn’t give him extra satisfaction in selling Emiliano Martinez
  • They sold ‘Emi’ to Aston Villa last month, replacing him with Runar Runarsson

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta insists Bernd Leno’s impressive performance in the Carabao Cup win over Liverpool did not give him any extra satisfaction having chosen to make the German goalkeeper his number one.

The Gunners sold Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa last month, replacing him with Runar Runarsson, and that decision put the spotlight on first-choice Leno but he delivered at Anfield with a string of second-half saves to keep the game goalless.

That allowed Arsenal to win their second penalty shoot-out against Liverpool in just over a month, having done so in the Community Shield in late August, with midfielder Joe Willock scoring the decisive…