Clubs will come knocking if Arsenal places this man on the market reckons pundit

Former Arsenal man, Alan Smith, has predicted that Bernd Leno will look to leave Arsenal when the transfer window reopens in January.

The German has lost his place in the first team to summer signing Aaron Ramsdale and is now in danger of losing his place in the German national team squad.

Smith believes he would be desperate to join another club and resurrect his career soonest and he would not lack takers.

He told The Metro: ‘He’ll be down, he’ll be desperate to leave the club.

‘He is an experienced keeper. He won’t want to be a number two for any longer than he needs to be.

‘But he can’t go knocking on the manager’s door because Ramsdale has done so well.

‘He is a big personality and he has pulled off some great saves.

‘For Bernd Leno, there will be plenty of clubs after him, if he becomes a man available.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

It is key that Arsenal has two good senior goalkeepers in their squad and Leno has done admirably well in the Carabao Cup.

If the club can convince him to remain and also feature in the European competitions, if we qualify next season, then it would be great.

However, we cannot force him to stay and if he gets an offer from another club that promises him regular first-team football, we should release him.

It wouldn’t be easy to sign a top goalkeeper when he knows he would only be a backup at the Emirates.

I hope Leno stays, but he is honestly better than being a second choice at Arsenal.

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  1. we better hope that teams come calling, especially on the heels of him being functionally demoted to the position of Cup Keeper, or this would be just another embarrassing example of our rather abject failure when it comes to all things asset management related

  2. Our problem is we get attached to players and always keep em 1 season longer than we should… the player doesnt develop any further and his value plummets, then we sell em for pennies on pound…

  3. Lenno is a great GK, remember his fantastic saves and the innumerable times he has saved Arsenal. However, in the present point of time, Ramsdale is doing exceptionally well and denying Lenno the no.1 spot. The fact is it would be nice if we convince Lenno to stay, specially if we make it to Europe. If he doesnt agree to play as no.2, he might as well go, but it would be difficult to replace him with the same quality.

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