Despite Mikel Arteta’s obvious attitude, Arsenal is willing to forego a £12.8 million deal bonanza.


Despite Mikel Arteta’s obvious attitude, Arsenal is willing to forego a £12.8 million deal bonanza.

Arsenal has made significant progress this season and currently sits in fifth place in the Premier League table.

According to rumours, Arsenal is willing to forego a £12.8 million payday by refusing to trade goalkeeper Bernd Leno in January. After signing Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United in the summer, Leno has lost his status as Arsenal’s number one.

Leno started the season in goal for the north London club, but the Gunners sank to the bottom of the Premier League table after conceding nine goals in three games.

Ramsdale was catapulted into Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup following the first international break and has rapidly established himself as a key member for the side.

Ramsdale has been in outstanding form since breaking into the team, keeping six clean sheets in ten games across all competitions.

The 23-year-old is clearly Arteta’s number one, and Leno may now try to force a move away from the city during the January transfer window.

Leno is now Germany’s back-up goalkeeper, and he will not want to risk losing his spot in the World Cup squad next year owing to a lack of playing time at club level.

Inter Milan are reportedly interested in signing the out-of-favour goalkeeper for £12.8 million.

Arsenal, though, do not want to let Leno leave in January, according to The Athletic.

Leno is said to have kept a positive attitude after losing his starting spot, and Arsenal bosses expect him to continue at the Emirates and compete for the goalkeeper position.

However, the 29-year-old has stated that if he cannot push his way back into the Arsenal team, he will retire.

“Only if nothing changes in my circumstances by the winter would I have to consider what options I have and how I can continue,” Leno told Bild.

“But I’m concentrating on my training job right now; I can’t commit to anything else.”

“I was kicked out for no apparent reason, and it had nothing to do with my performance.”

“He [Arteta] is the trainer, and he makes the decisions.” Of course, it’s a challenge for me.” Arteta confessed he couldn’t guarantee any of his shot-stoppers a regular starting spot after dismissing Leno in September.

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