Bernd Leno’s future at Arsenal will become clearer this month after a promise Mikel Arteta allegedly made to the German goalkeeper.
The 29-year-old cap was recently dropped by Mikel Arteta. Leno was on the bench for the 1-0 win over Norwich with a new keeper Aaron Ramsdale take his place.
And the former Sheffield United goalkeeper put on a confident display and a clean sheet, which Arteta was more than satisfied with.
“I think he was great,” Arteta said. “It’s not just what he did technically. It’s what he conveys, his energy, his chemistry with the backline, how he reacts, his body language – I think he was the best.
“We have two fantastic goalies. Never forget what Bernd has done for us and what a great goalie he is.
“I had to make a decision and today I thought Aaron was the right person to do it. Like in any other job, we have to decide and that’s what we decided today.
“I want to see how they behave. Now we need performances and we need to win football matches.
“Whoever performs better, transmits better things and is more reliable is going to play.”
Corn Bild Journalist Christian Falk says Arteta “promised” Leno he will take a two-match break and then come back.
Falk tweeted as much Wednesday morning.
TRUE According to my information: Mikel Arteta promised that @Bernd_Leno will only have a break for two matches. So: Against @SpursOfficiel Leno is expected to be back on the pitch. We’ll see if Arteta keeps his word @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/YR7DvcaQ1Q
– Christian Falk (@cfbayern) September 15, 2021
That means Leno is set to miss again this weekend against Burnley, before returning to the North London derby against Spurs.
Sunday September 26 could therefore be a pivotal day for Leno. Provided of course that it is not restored in the starting XI this weekend.
Leno’s future was in the spotlight this summer.
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Football.london claimed that Leno is desperate to play regular European football.
The German goalkeeper has denied that he is looking to move on earlier in the summer, but it is believed that if a suitable offer is made for him in January, then Arsenal would allow him to move on.
It would most likely depend on their replacement.
“I don’t want to run away here, I feel good and I want to succeed again with Arsenal! Arsenal are a big club, which are extremely underrated in Germany, there are a lot of Arsenal fans all over the world ”, he said Sport 1 in May.
“I still have a two-year contract and hope to replay the Champions League with Arsenal.”
The daily mail Claim a summer departure is more likely for Leno, with Arsenal keen not to lose the keeper for free in 2023.
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