Tuesday, November 30

Brighton vs Arsenal: Leno Lied about me – Arteta hits back

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted he had a conversation with Bernd Leno over him losing the No. 1 goalkeeper spot to Aaron Ramsdale.

Arteta urged the goalkeeper to concentrate on regaining his place in the side.

Leno has not made a Premier League appearance since August 28.

In an interview this week, he claimed “there was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance.”

Ramsdale, who arrived in a £30 million deal from Sheffield United this summer, has quickly established himself as the side’s first choice, starting in all three subsequent league wins over Norwich City, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, when asked about Leno’s comments ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, Arteta said: “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.

“[I expect from him] the same that he’s done every single day. Train the way he does, be the way he is, the person he is, the way he handles himself, and try to help the other keepers and the other keepers try to help him.”

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