Arteta coy on Leno future

22 September 2021 23:29:22 GMTPlus11
No assurances for Leno

Bernd Leno's future at Arsenal is up in the air after Mikel Arteta refused to give the German outcast any assurances.

The Gunners' stopper is set to be on the bench for a third successive game with new keeper Aaron Ramsdale wearing the gloves in Sunday's north London derby at The Emirates. Arsenal are 23/20 to beat rivals Tottenham, who are an 12/5 chance.

Leno had been the club's first choice No.1 since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 and started the first three Premier League games this season.

However, he shipped nine goals in those games - all losses - and has since been replaced by Aaron Ramsdale, a summer signing from Sheffield United.

Ramsdale, who had been one of Arteta's main targets throughout the summer, has impressed with a pair of clean sheets in 1-0 wins against Norwich and Burnley and that could spell the end for Leno.

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Timing right for Arteta

The 29-year-old, capped nine times by Germany, has made 100 Premier League appearances for the London giants, but there has been speculation he could now be offloaded in the January transfer window.

Arteta acknowledged that Leno was disappointed to be dropped after the 5-0 thumping at Manchester City, but has commended him on his response.

"Obviously for Bernd it wasn't a pleasing communication when I told him he wasn't playing but he is a top professional and a top person," Arteta told reporters.

"He should be disappointed and he should support his team-mates like they've done every time he's played, which is exactly what he's done."

But asked if he had given Leno assurances about his future, Arteta pointedly replied: "No."

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