Arteta praises fans after Arsenal win
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Arsenal could apparently sell Bernd Leno next summer after the keeper was dropped for the side’s 1-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday, but they will not entertain a January exit for the German. Boss Mikel Arteta handed the starting spot to summer signing Aaron Ramsdale for the first time in the Premier League at the weekend.
Leno’s future has now been thrown into doubt, according to the Daily Mail, with Ramsdale expected to be given an extended run in Arteta’s team.
Germany international Leno has been Arsenal’s undisputed number one since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen three years ago.
The Gunners even allowed the talented Emiliano Martinez to depart for Aston Villa at the start of last season in trust of Leno. Martinez has since been a standout performer for the west Midlands side.
Leno started Arsenal’s first three games of the season but conceded nine goals as the Gunners failed to pick up a single point.
The 29-year-old shipped five goals in his side’s drubbing against Manchester City before the international break, although some fans claimed the keeper was in fact Arsenal’s best player on the day.
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Leno spoke about his Arsenal future towards the end of last season and was linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer.
“I know that I still have two years left on my contract and I’m also 29,” Leno said.
“For a goalkeeper, that’s not too old – I’ve still got some years to go. I’m very happy at the club – I don’t know what will come in the future.
“I’m open to everything – maybe for a new adventure or to stay at Arsenal. Like I said, I don’t think about my future because two years is a long time.”
And the Mail say Leno could leave next summer but will not be departing in January even if he’s only on the bench for each match.
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Instead, if their plan works out, Ramsdale will become Arsenal’s new No 1 and they can sell Leno a year before his contract expires in the summer of 2022.
Following Saturday’s maiden league victory of the campaign, Arteta was quick to pay tribute to Ramsdale.
“I think he was terrific,” gushed the Spaniard. “It is not only what he did on the technical side, it is what he transmits – his energy, his chemistry with the backline, how he reacts, his body language.
“I think it was top.
“We have two fantastic goalkeepers and never forget what Bernd has done for us and what a good goalkeeper he is.
“I had to make decisions and I felt Aaron was the right one to do so like in any other position, and that is what we decided.
“I want to see how they perform – now we need performances.
“We need to win football matches, so whoever gives better performances and whoever transmits more confidence and is more reliable will play.”
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