Conceded 1 goal every 30 mins, axed by manager – Goalkeeper could leave Arsenal [Opinion]

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Bernd Leno was handed a rare start in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa and drew praise from manager Mikel Arteta for his performance over the 90 minutes, but his future at the Emirates Stadium is still uncertain.

The 30-year-old has struggled for form and playing time this season, finding himself behind Aaron Ramsdale in the pecking order, so a departure could be on the cards this summer. He nearly left in the winter transfer window.

Leno only featured against Villa due to Ramsdale having a hip injury, so he’s still playing second fiddle when everyone is fit. That should make up his mind to leave, rather than spend 2022/23 on the periphery, but his next destination is unknown.

Newcastle United were linked with a move in January as reports suggested Leno wanted out of Arsenal, but no deal materialised. And with Ramsdale performing so well since his move from Sheffield United, it’s hard to see the 30-year-old reclaiming the proverbial No.1 jersey again.

Leno joined the Gunners on a five-year deal from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 and has gone on to make 125 appearances in all competitions, conceding 145 goals (1.16 per game) and keeping 37 clean sheets (0.25 per game). He was dropped after a poor start to his fourth season at Arsenal, however.

The German international was between the sticks when Arsenal lost 2-0 to Brentford, 2-0 to Chelsea and 5-0 to Manchester City at the start of the campaign, resulting in Arteta taking him out of the firing line. Leno has made only 8/37 appearances this season, conceding 11 goals with three clean sheets, but he may get some game time while Ramsdale is sidelined.

Summary

Leno was conceding a goal every 30 minutes on average in the Premier League this season and was unceremoniously axed by Arteta, so the writing is on the wall. He may be playing now while Ramsdale recovers, but a move in the coming months may suit all parties.