Germany and Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi believes Bernd Leno has what it takes to establish himself as the club’s undisputed No.1 goalkeeper.

The goalkeeper was signed by Unai Emery earlier this summer from Bayer Leverkusen but is yet to make his competitive debut for his new club.

Emery has persisted with Petr Cech in goal despite the 36-year-old struggling to adapt to his new manager’s demands, particularly his insistence on the goalkeeper playing in active role in starting attacks.

And Leno’s compatriot Mustafi believes it won’t be long before the 26-year-old is given the chance to prove he can be Cech’s long-term successor.

‘I know Bernd very well because we played together since the Under-15s German team, so I have known him for a long time,’ said the centre-back.

‘He is a brilliant goalkeeper. He has everything a modern keeper needs: good feet, good hands and he has personality.’

Leno’s omission is far from the only controversial team selection Emery has made during the opening two games of the season.

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Alexandre Lacazette has been forced to make do with starting on the bench against Manchester City and Chelsea, while Aaron Ramsey was dropped following his disappointing display against the champions.

Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka, meanwhile, were both hauled off at Stamford Bridge last weekend and Mustafi believes those decisions are indicitive of the healthy competition for places that now exists at the club.

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He added: ‘Competition is right but it has to be healthy. For us it is because we are in a good team spirit. Everyone is quite happy with the people we have in the changing room.

‘There’s no people fighting each other or something like this. There is competition but healthy competition and that is something that is going to bring us forward.’

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