Bernd Leno’s outburst as Mikel Arteta in jeopardy of breaking promise to Arsenal keeper
Bernd Leno was visibly disappointed during Arsenal’s training session on Wednesday as the Gunners plan for their Premier League encounter with Burnley this weekend.
The German goalie has apparently lost his no.1 shirt to Aaron Ramsdale as the £24million signing from Sheffield United started last weekend in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Norwich.
Leno had played in Arsenal’s opening three Premier League matches as they suffered three losses to start the season, including a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad.
It is anticipated Ramsdale will retain his place in the side after keeping a clean sheet against the Canaries as the two players attempted to impress Mikel Arteta ahead of the clash against Sean Dyche’s men.
The two seemed to be getting on as they stepped out onto the London Colney training pitch, in discussion alongside third choice keeper Arthur Okonkwo.
But Leno seemed to let his frustrations boil over in a 11v11 training match as he could be seen shouting towards the coaching staff for not giving a free kick on Nicolas Pepe in the build-up to a goal from Folarin Balogun.
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Leno’s outburst is a good sign he hasn’t given up hope of recovering his spot in the side for the trip to Turf Moor.
But reports hint Mikel Arteta has told Leno that he will take ‘a break’ for one more match, before coming back into the line-up for the north London derby against Tottenham the following weekend.
Leno’s future was thrown in doubt when the Gunners signed Ramsdale as the former Bayer Leverkusen stopper was associated with a departure from the Emirates for the duration of the summer.
It was reported that the 29-year-old was one of the players to be sold as part of Arsenal’s summer clearout as they looked to get players off the wage bill.
But notwithstanding the constant speculation, he would stay put for the new season and was given the nod for Arsenal’s opening three matches, before Ramsdale succeeded him against Norwich.
It remains to be seen if Arteta will deliver on his promise or if Ramsdale will keep his place in the side for the time being.
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