BERND LENO says he feels sorry for Petr Cech after the 36-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in the win over Watford.
On the stroke of half-time at the Emirates, Cech went to take a goal kick and immediately pulled up.
The 36-year-old signaled to the Arsenal bench that he had a left hamstring issue and made clear he had to come off.
Cech was given a warm applause by the Emirates crowd and was replaced by Leno.
It was Leno’s first appearance of the season in the league after matches in the League Cup and Europa League.
And the Germany international made a number of good saves to deny Watford.
Cech could now be out of action for a few weeks and Leno is set to start against Qarabag on Thursday in the Europa League before a visit to Fulham next Sunday.
But Leno says he has sympathy for his injured team-mate.
Leno told Premier League Productions: ”It was a difficult start.
“As a goalkeeper, you don’t think you will come in and Petr Cech gets injured. I feel sorry for him. I hope it’s not too bad.
“The two games in the Europa League and Carabao Cup were important for me to get a feel of my defense so it wasn’t too difficult for me.
“The big strikers are very good and very strong so we had many problems but our defense did a good job.
“I think we have to improve. We need time but we tried to play football from behind and we have to concentrate as not everything was perfect.
“It was a good game but not perfect so we have to watch it again and see where we can improve.”