Leno reveals Arsenal frustration

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There was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance,” Leno told Sport Bild

The German goalkeeper has opened up on his frustration over a lack of regular minutes at the start of the 2021-22 campaign

Bernd Leno has admitted he could seek a January transfer after losing his spot as Arsenal No 1 to Aaron Ramsdale, while claiming Mikel Arteta has given him “no clear reason” for his decision.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Nuno Tavares and Bernd Leno of Arsenal clap the fans after the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and AFC Wimbledon at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

There was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance,” Leno told Sport Bild.https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.sportbild.bild.de/fussball/premier-league/fussball/bei-arsenal-aktuell-nicht-mehr-nr-1-bernd-leno-vor-wechsel-nach-italien-77811410,view=amp.sportMobile.html

“He is the trainer, he decides. Of course, it’s difficult for me.”Leno is determined to turn his fortunes at Arsenal around, but has warned he will have to assess his options if nothing has changed by the time the January window opens.

“London is very nice; Milan is not bad either and closer to my home Stuttgart,” he added. “I’m not seriously thinking about that yet. I feel comfortable at Arsenal and in London.

“Only if nothing changes in my situation by winter would I have to think about things: what option do I have, how can I continue? I’m concentrating on my work in training; I can’t commit to anything else at the moment.”

Arteta was asked earlier in the month about reports that he and Leno had an argument, but the Arsenal boss was quick to deny the speculation.

“No, that’s not true,” Arteta said of a reported rift with Leno. “He responded, you can be frustrated, but he was top with his team-mates in training with everything so that is not true.

I don’t know where they are coming from but they are ahead of me!”

Ramsdale started again at the weekend against Tottenham and the England international impressed for a third successive match, tipping the ball onto the crossbar from a really tricky shot from Lucas Moura that took a huge deflection.

The former Sheffield United shot-stopper looks set to keep his place in Arteta’s team for their trip down to Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend.