Bernd Leno reflects on ‘perfect’ moment from Arsenal’s draw with Man Utd

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno joked his save to deny Fred during Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United was “perfect” because it looked good on television.

Leno put in a fine display against high-flying United at the Emirates on Saturday to ensure the game finished goalless.

The goalkeeper was forced into numerous saves throughout the game, and was forced into a brilliant stop to deny Fred during the first half of the game.

Fred collected the ball on the edge of the area and curled a shot towards Leno’s left-hand post which looked to be heading into the bottom corner.

But Leno leapt into action and managed to tip away the effort and send the ball out for a corner.

And speaking afterwards, the goalkeeper joked he thought it was “perfect” because of the dramatics involved.

Leno said: “I think it was a perfect for TV fingertip save!

“It was very important, I’m not sure if the ball is going in or not but as a goalkeeper you just dive and I think it was a very spectacular save and a very important save.

“So I am happy that I kept the team in the game and I think in general we showed a great defensive performance and that is why we have the clean sheet.”

The draw saw Leno collect his fifth clean sheet in five Premier League games after an impressive turnaround in form.

And Leno believes the team’s defence has been crucial to their improvement and recent good performances, and that everyone is working as a team.

“Everybody is defending, even the striker is sometimes defending in the box and then you can see the difference,” he said. “It is much harder to score goals against us and even to create clear chances.

“For me, of course, as a goalkeeper it is always better to have a clean sheet but I think to be a successful team the defence is the most important thing.”

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