Axed Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno looks extremely likely to be sold next year after Mikel Arteta dropped the German star for Saturday’s win against Norwich, according to reports.
The 29-year-old Leno was already facing an uncertain future after the club decided to spend £30 million to prise Aaron Ramsdale away from Sheffield United, the joint-highest sum ever paid for a British goalkeeper.
The Englishman was expected to be integrated slowly, but Mikel opted to start him ahead of Leno against Norwich and the former Blades man kept the side’s first Premier League clean sheet of the campaign.
According to the Daily Mail, the Spaniard intends to continue with Aaron between the sticks for Arsenal’s next match versus Burnley and Leno’s long-term future at the Emirates is now looking very uncertain.
The north Londoners always purchased the 23-year-old Ramsdale with the intention of him becoming the club’s No1 goalkeeper by the end of the season, though that process is happening far quicker than expected.
Now the Gunners are effectively laying the groundwork to offload Bernd next summer – when he’ll only have one year left on his deal – and expect to field plenty of offers for the goalkeeper.
It’s possible that the situation could change if Aaron’s form deteriorates and the German wins back his place, but for now Arsenal expect to need to sign a new backup goalie to play understudy to Ramsdale from next year onwards.