Leno opens up on the four main things Arteta needs from Arsenal ahead of Bournemouth trip
Leno opens up on the four main things Arteta needs from Arsenal ahead of Bournemouth trip
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Leno opens up on the four main things Arteta needs from Arsenal ahead of Bournemouth trip

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has opened up on the four main demands that new manager Mikel Arteta has outlined since taking the role last week on Friday. 

The Spaniard made a comeback to the club he captained to two FA Cups titles, and will once again be tasked to lead the team out of a slump that has seen them languish in the bottom half of the table. 

His first assignment, which will be his first managerial match in his professional career, will be an away match to Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

Leno, who is the club's first choice in goal, says the former midfielder was categorical on how he wants his team to play. 

“He didn’t speak too much about quality or about tactics, he just said he wants to see players who run, who support their team-mates, who defend the goal, play as a team,” Leno explained.

“I think this was our main problem [before]. We played this season some good games, like this, but many games we were not good enough on this point.

“I think this is the way he needs to push us. We understood the message. We didn’t let [Everton] have any ­transitions and the distances [between our defenders and their attackers] were much closer.

“This is the only way to play, because the Premier League is too strong to have one, two or three players that don’t defend.”

The Gunners are currently 11th on the Premier League table with 23 points after 18 matches, nine points off fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish. 

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