Pundit insists Arsenal man has asked to be sold and there is no way back

Frank McAvennie believes Bernd Leno is still leaving Arsenal even though they have taken him on their preseason tour.

The German lost his number one spot at the Emirates last season when the Gunners added Aaron Ramsdale to their squad.

He has been the second choice since then, but Matt Turner’s arrival in this transfer window could push him further down the pecking order.

That might make him leave the Emirates, and Arsenal is happy to sanction his sale.

The German remains one of the most talented players in Mikel Arteta’s squad, and he should ideally be in the manager’s plans.

But signing a new goalie is a clear message from Arsenal that he is not in their long-term plans.

Former player turned pundit, McAvennie, believes he has asked to be sold.

He tells Football Insider:

“If he says to the manager I want to stay then there’s no better time to have a look at him than when you go away on a preseason trip.

“The bond the players get with the coaching staff, going away for a week or a couple of weeks, that bonding session does you for the whole season.

“Leno might want to play but he’s not part of the team because he doesn’t mix with anyone. I think he’s a talent, I think the only reason they would sell him is if he wanted to go. He’s got to make up his mind.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Leno is too good to become the third choice at Arsenal and he will not be comfortable playing that role at the Emirates.

This is why it is expected that he will push to leave the club. However, any suitor must meet our asking price.

Tags Bernd Leno Frank McAvennie


  1. He has to go and we just have to accept, we get what we get, even if it is peanuts from a lot higher valuation. It is a theme now.

  2. I hope they are waiting for the end of the window and sombody will need a GK and pay. Why did we pay so much ? We waited and were desperate with Ospina and Martinez. Both better than Leno. Who is evaluating these guy? Can sombody reply with his name!

  3. 10M is too much for a 3rd choice (club and national team) if someone is offering that, be grateful and run to the bank with the cash. Just because we had some foolish person hiring him for 20M, that does not mean he was worth 20M even then or is now. Get real Edu, Karl or Arthur would do a similar job on cheaper wages. If he was that good, the Bayerns or Barcas would be begging him like the Raphina case.

  4. So Frank McAvennie believes what virtually every other Gooner has known for some time,that Leno will be going.

    So my question to JA admins is this; why not pick ANY ONE of us Gooners and ask us what WE think , instead of trotting out thr bl….ng obvious from a half forgotten, one time West Ham player?
    WE at least care about our club and I suggest we are far more knowledgeable about OUR CLUB, than this long one time playboy HAMMER.

    I reckon half our fans have not even heard of playboy Frank and I have only heard of him, as I am an old Gooner.

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