Arsenals stance on selling Bernd Leno in January with new No 1 Aaron Ramsdale undroppable

Arteta reflects on two years since becoming Arsenal boss

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Arsenal would apparently ‘loath’ the idea of letting Bernd Leno leave the Emirates Stadium in January. The Gunners face a battle to keep the German goalkeeper in north London after he was displaced as the side’s No 1 by Aaron Ramsdale.

Leno began the season as first-choice at Arsenal but conceded nine goals in his first three Premier League games of the season as the Gunners fell to the bottom of the Premier League table.

The Gunners shelled out an initial £24million to land Ramsdale from Sheffield United in August – and the Englishman has quickly established himself as Mikel Arteta’s preferred option between the sticks.

Ramsdale was handed his debut in his side’s 6-0 Carabao Cup victory over West Brom in the first month of the campaign.

And he was then thrust into Arsenal’s Premier League team straight after the first international break.

The 23-year-old has been in scintillating form this season and has kept nine clean sheets in 16 games for the Gunners – one more than he managed during 46 appearances for the Blades.

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Leno appears to have no hope of prising the goalkeeper jersey back from his rival any time soon and has been tipped to push for a move away from the capital in the New Year.

The 29-year-old is a regular in the Germany squad but is well aware that his place at the 2022 World Cup is at risk due to his lack of gametime.

According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are keen to keep Leno at the club as Arteta wants two keepers capable of competing for the jersey.

But Leno will surely not want to sit on the bench for much longer.

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In the autumn, the former Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen stopper insisted there was no clear reason for Arteta to drop him and admitted he would assess his options if he had not wrestled his place back by winter.

“There was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance,” Leno said.

“He is the trainer – he decides. Of course, it’s difficult for me.

“London is very nice – Milan is not bad either and closer to my home Stuttgart.

“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?

“I’m concentrating on my work in training – I can’t commit to anything else at the moment.”

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