Arteta tells Leno to stop talking to the media

Mikel Arteta made a new goalkeeper one of his top priorities this summer, and there were quite a few eyebrows raised when Arsenal splashed out a lot of money for Aaron Ramsdale.

It was thought he was bought to be groomed to replace Bernd Leno in the future, but after just a couple of games, Ramsdale was suddenly thrust into the limelight and managed to keep our first clean sheet of the season.

He now looks like he is our confirmed Number One, and Bernd Leno has since spoken to the German press and claimed he was given “no clear reason” for his demotion, and that he would have to consider his options “in the winter” if things didn’t change.

Now Arteta has hit back at Leno comments, and has pointed out that any private chats within the club should remain private. The boss told the Express: “I had a very clear conversation with him 48 hours before I was going to make the decision,”

“Obviously any conversation I have with him is completely private and I’m not going to speak with any media about it.”

It was clear that Leno needed some competition for his place between the sticks when we sold Emi Martinez last summer, but he certainly didn’t expect to lose his place whoever Arteta brought in.

Now it seems that we are going to need yet another keeper next summer as I wouldn’t be surprised to see Leno finding another club by then…..

 

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20 Comments

  1. Y3mmxiii says:

    If Arteta set with him for 48hrs convo. He’s not doing himself any good for lashing out like he’s doing. Surely lots of stuff came out of that 48hrs conversation.

  2. dgr8xt says:

    We don’t know what the conversation was about. But it makes me think – Arteta gave excuses that we had just played the two best teams in the world and also had lots of injuries to key players as well as COVID. But it seems he didn’t understand with Leno who faced those teams and had those inferior players in front of him (Chambers, Kolasinac, Holding, Man City version of Xhaka I’m looking at all of you). If Leno had the present defenders in his front, wouldn’t he have had a much better record this season? Ramsdale is doing good. I won’t say great YET because keeping clean sheets against West Bromwich Albion team two, Norwich and Burnley isn’t going to raise many eyebrows. Again I say YET. I personally think that Arteta asked fans to be patient with him and yet didn’t even understand with Leno who was in the firing line. Would Ramsdale have done better than Leno in those matches and with those players in his front? Should Ramsdale keep his place? I believe so. But I hope it’s not another of Arteta’s – Not his signing – thing again as we saw with people like Saliba. Another thought is that Leno underperformed last season. Yes. But so did Arteta. He’s been given a clean slate. Leno also should cos he’s not leaving. I also believed Ramsdale was to be Leno’s understudy and his full fledged replacement in the long run. Not immediately. That said, Ramsdale is doing well and I think he should remain (recency bias. Yes). Just questioning the manager’s thinking

    1. Michael AFC says:

      Do you want Leno out or Arteta out if the team is underperforming? Just anything to slander Arteta. Ramsdale is very good with his feet and I’m sure that’s what Arteta wants in his goalkeepers.

      1. dgr8xt says:

        Twice I mentioned that I’ll have Ramsdale keep his starting position. I’m only questioning the manager’s reason for the swap. Moreover, West Brom, Norwich and Burnley aren’t great teams to celebrate a clean sheet against, especially with a full fit squad

    2. Lenohappy says:

      So in other words you want Leno back, even though Else have been winning with Ramsdale.

      1. dgr8xt says:

        Twice I mentioned that I’ll have Ramsdale keep his
        starting position. I’m only questioning the
        manager’s reason for the swap. Moreover, West
        Brom, Norwich and Burnley aren’t great teams to
        celebrate a clean sheet against, especially with a
        full fit squad

    3. Emmanuel Top Afolabi says:

      Your comment looks bias a bit, I want to tell you this. If it were leno that was in between the stock against Tottenham, the scoreline would have been 3:3 or Arsenal lose. Ramsdale made some superb save that the present Leno wouldn’t have had any idea about. So, please let the sleeping dog lies for the time being and allows Ramsdale to remain in between the stick. Thank you.

      1. dgr8xt says:

        So we would have lost the game had Leno been between the sticks. How many super saves did our keeper have to make in that match? The defence was solid. People easily forget how many times Leno has kept us in matches in the past. Last season was bad but he was still solid. You forget the save against Lukaku in matchday two. Again I say that Ramsdale should keep his position since he’s doing fiine until there’s a need to change. But the manager’s thinking is my concern. Read my original post again

  3. Sid says:

    Another fallout? In this case, although I don’t know the whole story, I am more inclined to believe in MA. Mainly because Leno has had one such conversation before.
    If I am wrong I raise my hands in apology, but this case seems like one player is a little too upset about his position being hijacked. On the other hand, with so many people quickly forgetting his heroics and calling him back up suddenly, I lowkey sympathize with him.

    1. siamois says:

      Very sensible comment.

    2. Jack says:

      Martinez displayed heroics and became backup to Leno. Didnt see Leno making noises about that then. Now the tables have turned. Thats life. Going round crying to the media is not the way to deal with it, and certainly not showing strong character considering the context I just described.

    3. Loose Cannon says:

      This man is a liability if one keeps tabs on AFC games with his numerous howlers and for his saves, he is supposed to do just that. its a GKs job, not a strikers! He should learn to be vocal on the pitch not to the press, and he can learn a trick or two from Ramsdale. I feel the Estonian GK Karl would be a better backup to Ramsdale than Leno. Last season even Matt was miles ahead of Leno in superiority in his box. Another non performer wants out, so be it

  4. O.T.S says:

    I honestly think that Leno hasn’t been himself since he came back from that injury and the other fact that needs to be determined is that he is not an accurate distributor of the ball as Ramsdale. We should also recollect that despite martinez’s ferocious performance under Arteta he still opted for Leno as first choice which ofcourse led to the departure of martinez. Arteta as a manager believed him so much that he sold the better goaltender for him to remain first choice and if he then decides nw that Ramsdale is his first choice there shouldn’t any problem.

    1. Temi says:

      Thank you God bless you for your thinking. You’re right

  5. Andyboachie says:

    Maybe it’s because you had been overlooked way too many times. And maybe you now feels the heat of a real competition. You should know that’ll make you better. I never forget the 2nd goal Brentford scored against us. I’ve not known much about Ramsdale. But by his caliber, he would have fought better against that childish heckling that ended in a goal.
    It’s always good to know you have to fight to keep your place. You know how to reclaim your position.
    Work hard and come back! It happens in every team.

  6. Emmanuel Top Afolabi says:

    You are very correct and I’m 100% concur with your comment. You refuse to be biased. Thank you.

  7. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    to be fair, he should heed his own advice

  8. dgr8xt says:

    So we would have lost the game had Leno been between the sticks. How many super saves did our keeper have to make in that match? The defence was solid. People easily forget how many times Leno has kept us in matches in the past. Last season was bad but he was still solid. You forget the save against Lukaku in matchday two. Again I say that Ramsdale should keep his position since he’s doing fiine until there’s a need to change. But the manager’s thinking is my concern. Read my original post again

  9. richard says:

    Ramsdale is no 1

  10. JJ Pawn says:

    Ramsdale is really good with the current form he has. Is he world class yet?

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