Leno Open To Arsenal Exit After Losing Starting Spot To Ramsdale
Bernd Leno has admitted he is open to leaving Arsenal in the January transfer window after losing his starting spot to Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta seems to have settled on Ramsdale as the Gunners’ first choice goalkeeper following his summer move from Sheffield United.
Leno started Arsenal’s opening three league games this season but the North London outfit shipped nine goals without winning a game.
Ramsdale has since come in and conceded just once in the three games he has played while Arsenal have returned to winning ways in all those games.
Leno was used in Arsenal’s win over Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup last week but was back on the bench in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspurs over the weekend.
The Germany international says Arteta has not explained to him the reason for his decision and will seek a move elsewhere if the situation does not change, with Inter Milan reportedly keen on his services.
“There was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance. He [Arteta] is the trainer, he decides. Of course, it’s difficult for me," Leno said to SportBild.
“London is very nice; Milan is not bad either and closer to my home Stuttgart," the former Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper added.
“But I’m not seriously thinking about that yet. I feel comfortable at Arsenal and in London.”
“Only if nothing changes in my situation by winter would I have to think about things: what option do I have, how can I continue? But I’m concentrating on my work in training; I can’t commit to anything else at the moment.”
Leno has a contract with Arsenal until the summer of 2023.