Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has endured a difficult time at Arsenal this season following the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale and his situation could be about to get even worse
Bernd Leno is reportedly in danger of losing his place in the Germany squad after slipping behind Aaron Ramsdale in the Arsenal pecking order.
Ramsdale’s £24million transfer from Sheffield United has thrown a spanner into the works for Leno, who has lost his place as Arsenal’s No 1 goalkeeper.
The 23-year-old England international has started each of the Gunners’ last four Premier League games and has made a real impression on manager Mikel Arteta.
Leno was Arsenal’s first-choice in between the posts for each of the past three seasons but has reportedly been left frustrated by his current situation.
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That disappointment is threatening to extend into his international team, too, according to reports in Germany.
Leno has been selected alongside Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer and Barcelona ’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Germany’s matches against Romania and North Macedonia over the next week.
But his position as Hansi Flick’s third choice could be called into question this season if he doesn’t get game-time in north London soon, reports Fussball News .
That is because Eintracht Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp is currently in good form and could oust Leno from the team in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Former Bayern manager Flick applies a ‘performance principle’ to his squad, meaning players are picked on their performances at club level first and foremost.
The report states that Leno could be dropped from the squad in favour of Trapp soon and therefore it is ‘conceivable’ he will push for a transfer in January.
Arteta has been full of praise for Ramsdale since he arrived at the club and was forced to address his goalkeeping situation last week after Leno criticised his management in an interview.
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“I had a very clear conversation with him 48 hours before I was going to make the decision,” Arteta said before the 0-0 draw with Brighton on Saturday.
“Obviously any conversation I have with him is completely private and I’m not going to speak with any media about it.”
When asked what he expects to see from Leno, Arteta added: “The same that he’s done every single day.
“Train the way he does, be the way he is, the person he is, the way he handles himself, and try to help the other keepers and the other keepers try to help him.”
Arteta’s quotes followed a provocative interview Leno gave to a German newspaper in which he vented his frustrations.
„There was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance,” he told Bild .
“He is the trainer, he decides. Of course, it’s difficult for me.
“’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.”
He added: “London is very nice; Milan is not bad either and closer to my home Stuttgart.
“I’m not seriously thinking about that yet. I feel comfortable at Arsenal and in London.”