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Bernd Leno reveals that Arsenal squad feel Antonio Rudiger is ‘difficult to play against’

Rudiger has been on top form for Chelsea of late (Picture: Getty Images)

Bernd Leno says the Arsenal squad are in agreement that it is ‘difficult to play against’ Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger looked set to leave Stamford Bridge last summer after being pushed down the pecking order of centre-backs at the club under Frank Lampard.

But the 28-year-old has established himself as a key component of the Chelsea team since Thomas Tuchel took over at the end of January.

Leno says Rudiger is a tough opponent

Leno says Rudiger is a tough opponent (Picture: Getty Images)

The defender has formed a part of a compact Chelsea defence which has kept 18 clean sheets in 26 games under Tuchel.

Gunners stopper Leno – Rudiger’s fellow Germany international – recently admitted he wants his Arsenal team-mates to find their ‘nasty’ streak.

And when asked which of his Germany colleagues have that trait within them, Leno namechecked Timo Werner and Rudiger, along with Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

‘I immediately think of Joshua Kimmich because he’s a calf bite,’ the goalkeeper told Sport1.

‘Ilkay Gündogan is also a brutal player. He may not interfere, but he plays very intelligently.

‘Timo Werner is also a disgusting player because he always goes behind the chain and looks for the rooms there.’

When it came to Rudiger, Leno revealed that Arsenal players are in agreement that the centre-back is a tricky opponent.

‘Antonio Rudiger is also a good example: Everyone at Arsenal has said that it is extremely bitter and difficult to play against him,’ he added. 

‘Such players are good for a team and hurt the opponent.’


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