BERND LENO looks likely to have new checks on his knee injury this week — and Arsenal may have to sign a replacement keeper.
The Gunners played without their German No 1 for much of the restart and they are now seeking a second opinion on his injury.
Leno has a ligament strain after colliding with Brighton striker Neal Maupay in June.
Arsenal want further tests on the damage and clarification on the time it will take for him to recover.
Emirates chiefs are looking around for potential stop-gaps as cover for Emi Martinez, who looks set to start in the side when the new season begins next month.
Since coming into the team, Arsenal went on to beat champions Liverpool, Wolves, Norwich, Sheffield United and Southampton, losing just once – to Tottenham.
And Martinez was a huge reason for that, making more saves per 90 minutes than Leno, while conceding fewer goals per game.
His form was rewarded after he started between the sticks in Arsenal’s FA Cup final win against Chelsea.
The Gunners hope to tie Martinez to a new deal while continuing their talks with skipper Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.
They want to extend the 27-year-old Argentine’s display beyond the two years left on his contract.
But Martinez wants reassurances over his first-team future, having been loaned out six times in previous seasons.
The Stopper broke down in tears and walked away from an interview when talking about his family after what could be a career-turning display at Wembley.