Report says there's no way Arsenal will sell 'disappointed' player, even though he barely plays
According to a report from The Athletic, Arsenal have no intention of letting Bernd Leno leave in the January transfer window.
The German dropped out of the side after conceding nine goals in his first three games this season. Aaron Ramsdale replaced him and Arsenal have lost just once in all competitions since.
Ramsdale is Mikel Arteta’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper now. Nothing will change that in the near future, which is bad news for Leno, who is at the age where he needs to be playing every week.
Many Arsenal fans believed that the German will walk away in January, but Arsenal reportedly have other ideas.
Arsenal will not sell Leno in January
The report details the futures of a number of Arsenal’s fringe players ahead of the January transfer window. Most players’ situations are fairly straightforward, but Leno, unfortunately, may be forced to stay.
The ex-Leverkusen man has his sights on a spot in the Germany squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He wants to be at the competition at all costs, but staying on the bench at Arsenal will not get him there.
A move away is the best thing for Leno in January, but Arsenal are not prepared to sell him. The report claims that Arteta has no intention to let him leave, even though he has barely used him over the last three months.
Leno has played just two times since the start of September. Both of those appearances came in the League Cup and although he kept a clean sheet in each of those two games, that is not enough to displace Ramsdale.
The German is next expected to play against Sunderland in the quarter-final of the cup next month. Many believed that will be his last game in an Arsenal shirt, but he may have no choice but to stay now.
It’s never ideal to keep a player who’s not happy. Arteta, himself, revealed that Leno is ‘disappointed‘ at the club, but selling him means Arsenal will have to buy a replacement, something that may not be possible after their heavy summer expenditure.
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