Leno needs to do ‘a lot more’ for No.1 shirt, says pundit

Date published: Thursday 23rd September 2021 3:51 - Jason Soutar

Bernd Leno

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno will have to show his worth to Mikel Arteta in training and in cup games, says former shot-stopper David James.

The Gunners signed Aaron Ramsdale in the summer to compete with the German ‘keeper, but the England international appears to have leapfrogged him in the pecking order already.

Leno was given the nod for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup win against AFC Wimbledon on Wednesday, but Ramsdale has been the man in between the sticks for their last two league matches.

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And former Liverpool and Portsmouth man James believes Ramsdale should be the number one at the Emirates.

He told Sky Sports on Thursday morning: “Aaron Ramsdale has got an opportunity here to take the number one spot. Bernd Leno, unfortunately, is going to have to do a lot more in training and in the cup games to force his way back in.

“For me, right now, Ramsdale is the ‘keeper of the gloves’.”

Leno’s future is now uncertain, and a move away in January or next summer could be on the cards.

In May, the 29-year-old responded to rumours of an Arsenal exit by saying his focus is entirely on the north London side.

He told German source Sport1 (via Evening Standard): “I don’t want to flee here, I feel good and want to be successful again with Arsenal.

“Arsenal are a big club, which is extremely underestimated in Germany, there are many Arsenal fans all over the world.

“I still have a two-year contract and hope to play in the Champions League again with Arsenal.

“It is also clear that at some point in my career I want to do something different. So far I’ve played for two clubs. Maybe I’ll get the urge to play in another league again. Maybe in the south.

“But there is time, I’m still getting to the top goalkeeping age. But my focus is on Arsenal.”

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