At a time when the Premier League is shrouded in uncertainty amid postponements, talks about player strikes and the general carnage caused by Covid, it’s refreshing to hear good news coming out of the good game this holiday season , and that’s exactly what Arsenal’s Bernd Leno delivered.
The Gunners stopper made a young fan’s Christmas after surprising a fan with a home visit courtesy of the My Shining Star children’s cancer charity.
The German shooter left 9-year-old James stricken by the star after arriving at his door equipped with a signed jersey, goalkeeper gloves and chocolates.
Leno and his wife Sophie chatted at length with James and his family and also posed for photos after making the trip to Kent to show their support for the youngster who is being treated for a cancerous spine tumor.
James has been going through a rough patch lately as he undergoes chemotherapy treatment while learning to walk again, but appeared elated at the sight of the Arsenal plug in a heartwarming clip uploaded to social media.
In response to the encounter, Leno posted, “It was a pleasure to surprise this special little fighter,” accompanied by a strong arm and love heart eye emoji.
Arsenal No.2 are not the only Premier League star to have dedicated their time to the charity, which supports families going through the emotional and financial hardships of childhood cancer.
Will Bernd Leno still be an Arsenal player when the January transfer window closes? Let us know in the comments section
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have both been involved in recent times, as have Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger who, like Leno, have surprised fans with visits ahead of the holiday season. .
However, while Leno has been busy supporting fans in the present, it remains to be seen where his future lies.
The 29-year-old has only made three Premier League appearances so far this quarter after being usurped by the summer signing of Aaron Ramsdale in Arsenal’s starting XI and there is strong speculation linking the ‘German at a distance from the Emirates.
Want to be up to date with all the latest football news?
Then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football newsletter!
From the latest transfer news to agenda updates, get it all right in your email inbox – don’t miss a thing.
How to register ?
It only takes few seconds.
Just type your email address in the box at the top of this article and click “subscribe.”
And that’s it, job done. You will receive an email every morning with all the most important news.
You can find more information about our email newsletter at this link here.
Addressing the issue of manager Mikel Arteta’s retirement earlier this season, Leno said: “There was no clear reason I was absent, but it had nothing to do with my performance.
“London is very nice – Milan is not bad either and closer to my home, Stuttgart. I don’t think about it seriously yet. I feel comfortable at Arsenal and London.
“Only if nothing changes in my situation by winter, I should think about some things – what option do I have, how can I continue? “