Arsenal provide insight into Aaron Ramsdale-Bernd Leno fight
Leno dropped for Norwich win
German shot-stopper Bernd Leno was forced to watch from the substitutes bench as Arsenal got their first win of the season against Norwich at the Emirates stadium.
After watching Arsenal beat Norwich 1-0, Mikel Arteta hailed it as “the best week of my career” as the Gunners got their season up and running.
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) September 12, 2021
Summer signing Aaron Ramsdale was instead handed his Premier League debut for the Gunners, and walked away with a clean sheet having had little to do. However, he impressed with his footwork, a department that Leno has been notoriously lacklustre in.
With three games in ten days coming up for the gunners, it is expected that both will be given a shot in goal, but who will be Arteta’s main man?
Who will start going forward?
Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Burnley, however, Arteta refused to be drawn on who his number one would be going forward.
When asked about the pair, he said:
We want them to make each other better. We are trying to bring players that can raise the level of the position, the level of the team the leave of the club. Bernd should be disappointed and he should support his teammates like they all have with him. That’s exactly what he’s done.
🗣”He [Leno] should be disappointed and should support his teammates and that is exactly what he has done.”
Mikel Arteta did not reveal if Aaraon Ramsdale or Bernd Leno will start in goal for Arsenal this weekend. pic.twitter.com/X16fGcFcsQ
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 16, 2021
However, he was quick to discredit rumours that Leno had reacted badly to being dropped from the side, saying:
“No, that’s not true. He could be frustrated but he was top with his teammates. That’s not true.”
Arteta on reports suggesting Leno reacted badly to being dropped:
“No, that’s not true. He could be frustrated but he was top with his teammates. That’s not true.”https://t.co/p6uBUbIeC3
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) September 16, 2021
He also discredited reports from Christian Falk that Leno had been promised a start in the North London derby in ten days time as a result of his anger at being dropped in the first place.
TRUE ✅ According to my information: Mikel Arteta promised that @Bernd_Leno will have just a break for two matches. So: Against @SpursOfficial Leno should be back on the pitch. We will see if Arteta keeps his word @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/YR7DvcaQ1Q
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) September 15, 2021
Arteta joked that:
“I don’t know where they [the reports] are coming from but they are ahead of me. I think I am the one who picks the team at the weekend. I haven’t made a decision on my team for Saturday or for the North London Derby.”
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