Arteta praises Leno's reaction

17 September 2021 03:25:25 GMTPlus11
Bernd Leno has earned praise from head coach Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hit back at suggestions that goalkeeper Bernd Leno reacted badly to being dropped against Norwich City.

Arteta's side face Burnley on Saturday and are 19/20 to get their second Premier League win of the season, with the Clarets 11/4 to take all three points, while the draw at Turf Moor is available at 13/5.

He could be frustrated, but he was top with his team-mates in training and everything.

Mikel Arteta

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Leno, who was Arsenal's first-choice keeper last season, was replaced by recent signing Aaron Ramsdale for the Gunners' 1-0 win over the Canaries last weekend.

Ramsdale signed for £24 million this summer from Sheffield United, where he won Player of the Season last year as they were relegated, and has already applied pressure to the position of Leno.

The German has made 120 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions since his move from Bayer Leverkusen and Arteta was asked if Leno was frustrated with the decision and explained the situation and the desire to have depth throughout his squad.

Arteta welcomes Leno response

He told reporters: "He could be frustrated, but he was top with his team-mates in training and everything.

"If what we want to do is to empower performance and to get them to train and play in a certain way, how can I guarantee either of them the starting role?

"It's the same in every position. We want them to make each other better. We are trying to bring players in who can raise the level of the position - the level of the team, the level of the club.

"Bernd should be disappointed and he should support his team-mates like they all have with him. That's exactly what he's done."

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