Bernd Leno gave Arsenal fans quite the scare just seconds into Brentford victory

Arsenal v Brentford - Carabao Cup Third Round

Arsenal fans haven't seen much of Bernd Leno this season.

When the German goalkeeper signed for the club this summer, it was assumed that he would inherit the number one position and usurp Petr Cech after a difficult 2017-18 campaign.

There was great reason to suggest that Cech was past his sell-by date after a number of mistakes and would see out his time with Arsenal upon entering the final year of his contract.

Nevertheless, Unai Emery took the brave decision to stick with the Premier League veteran, raising more than a few eyebrows when Cech walked out against Manchester City in August.

Cech has played every minute in the league since that day and after some shaky early moments, has started to show some of his best form again.

Arsenal 3-1 Brenford

The 36-year-old was particularly impressive in the recent victory over Everton, making a number of vital saves and deservedly scooping the Man of the Match award.

Baring all that in mind, Leno has been forced to settle for games in the cup competitions and eventually made his debut against Vorskla Poltava.

Leno had very little to do throughout the game, was unable to display the distribution for which he is so revered and could nothing about the late goals Arsenal conceded.

Arsenal v Brentford - Carabao Cup Third Round

Leno gave fans a scary moment

So, Arsenal fans were looking forward to seeing their new shot stopper once again when he took to the Emirates pitch for the Carabao Cup clash with Brentford.

Both team and goalkeeper enjoyed decent performances on the night with a brace from Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette sealing the victory.

However, Leno gave the home supporters a scary moment during the early exchanges with an error that will remind fans of Cech from earlier this season.

That's because the German nearly scored a shock own goal in the very first minute, delivering a terrible first touch that went narrowly wide and for a corner.

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Leno came inches away from an absolute shocker there.

Considering the 26-year-old has a reputation as a ball-playing goalkeeper, the episode certainly won't fill supporters with confidence and will inevitably draw comparisons to Cech.

Fans are certainly becoming a lot more sympathetic to Emery's decision to start Cech this season and there's little evidence to suggest that should change.

Although Leno hasn't really put a foot wrong for Arsenal so far, his performances haven't really impressed either, even if they have been against minor opposition.

Arsenal v Everton - Premier League

Regardless of whether Leno starts in the Premier League at any point, though, he'll be given plenty of game-time in cup competitions to make an impression.

But even displays against Vorskla and Brentford have left Arsenal fans thinking.

Who do you think should be Arsenal's number one - Cech or Leno? Have your say in the comments section below.

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