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Report: Arsenal could leave 'fantastic' first-team player out of Dubai trip amid talk of January exit

Arsenal are set to jet off to Dubai this week for a warm weather training camp but according to the Evening Standard, they could take off without experienced goalkeeper, Bernd Leno.

As things stand, the German goalkeeper is expected to be part of the travelling party. However, Arsenal transfer news: Gunners consider Isak deal amid growing Vlahovic doubts | Evening Standard has reported that Leno could be left at home, if a concrete bid arrives for the player this week. Newcastle are among the clubs said to be keen on signing Leno, and they’ve jetted off themselves to Saudi Arabia.

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Leno has lost his place in the Arsenal first XI to Aaron Ramsdale this season. The former Sheffield United stopper has quickly dislodged his teammate and now Leno is said to want out. Leno is expected to want first-team football as he hopes to cement a place in the German World Cup squad.

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Gunners boss Mikel Arteta had previously praised both Leno and Ramsdale as being ‘fantastic’ for their competition in training. However, it does seem like Leno has had enough. Further, Arsenal could also sign Matt Turner this month from the MLS.

That move, of course, would free Leno up to make his exit before the end of the week.

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This just feels like natural evolution really. Leno was never going to stick around long when Ramsdale got the number one slot and so it has come to that now.

Clubs will be there to take Leno, too. He’ll have no shortage of suitors and people must remember he is a full German international goalkeeper. At 29, too, there is plenty of life in the stopper.

It will be interesting to see if Newcastle do make their move. Leno is an upgrade, but of all the positions the Mags need, a new goalkeeper is probably lowest priority.

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