German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal reported to be around the £20m mark. The 26 year old made 230 appearances in the Bundesliga, and in September 2011 became the youngest goalkeeper to feature in a Champions League match at the age of just 19 years and 193 days, when Leverkusen played a group-stage game against Chelsea. Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery was delighted with his latest signing. “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us. Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”

Leno made in national team debut in 2015 and has since won six caps for Germany. Last year he was part of the Germany squad that won the 2017 Confederations Cup. Leno has played with Shkodran Mustafi and Mesut Özil, and revealed that the former was a mine of information about Arsenal, and which helped persuade him to make the switch.

“I already know Musti and Mesut Ozil from the national team, plus Xhaka, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan from the Bundesliga. I talked to Musti about Arsenal many months ago.

“He said it’s a fantastic club with a fantastic stadium and fantastic fans. I watched games on the TV in Germany and yes, Arsenal is a fantastic club. I’ve known Musti for about 10 or 11 years. We grew up together in the youth national teams, the under-17s through to the under-21s. It’s funny to see us together at Arsenal now!”

Leno also knows Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from their respective times in the Bundesliga and revealed that he was happy that he and Aubameyang will now be on same side.

“Yes, it will be special because in the past I’ve always played against him. He’s so fast and as a goalkeeper you have to respect his qualities, his speed. Now we’ll train together and I hope he’ll score for us.”