Bernd Leno told what he must do to convince Mikel Arteta to reverse major Arsenal call

Former England goalkeeper David James has instructed Bernd Leno to “do a lot more in training” in order to reclaim his position as Arsenal number one.

The German goalkeeper, who has been the Gunners’ undisputed first choice since his 2018 arrival from Bayer Leverkusen, has fallen down the pecking order in recent weeks.

Summer arrival Aaron Ramsdale has regularly been picked between the sticks by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, with Leno having been left on the bench in the last two Premier League games against Norwich City and Burnley.

He was restored to the starting lineup for the 3-0 victory against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup but now seems firmly Arteta’s second choice, with Ramsdale expected to return for the north London derby against Tottenham this weekend.

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Former goalkeeper David James has instructed Leno to make the most of his opportunities both in games and on the training pitch in order to force his way back into the Arsenal reckoning.

Talking to Sky Sports, the 51-year-old said: “Aaron Ramsdale has got an opportunity here to take the number one spot. Bernd Leno, unfortunately, is going to have to do a lot more in training and in the cup games to force his way back in.

“For me, right now, Ramsdale is the ‘keeper of the gloves’.”



Aaron Ramsdale seems to have overtaken Bernd Leno in the pecking order at Arsenal
Aaron Ramsdale seems to have overtaken Bernd Leno in the pecking order at Arsenal

Even immediately following the arrival of the former Sheffield United stopper at the Emirates Stadium, Leno’s future with the club looked uncertain.

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He has been linked with a move to Inter Milan in recent times, with reports even suggesting that he is set to be made available for transfer in the January transfer window.

Leno admitted in May that whilst his immediate focus was on the Gunners, he would be tempted to seek a fresh challenge at some point in the future.

Speaking to Sport1, he said: “I still have a two-year contract and hope to play in the Champions League again with Arsenal.

“It is also clear that at some point in my career I want to do something different. So far I’ve played for two clubs. Maybe I’ll get the urge to play in another league again. Maybe in the south.

“But there is time, I’m still getting to the top goalkeeping age. But my focus is on Arsenal.”

Source by Football London

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