Daily Mail



BERND LENO is facing an uncertain future, with Arsenal contemplat­ing selling the goalkeeper next summer. The Germany internatio­nal’s place in Mikel Arteta’s plans was thrown into doubt on Saturday when £30million summer arrival Aaron Ramsdale was handed a surprise start for the game against Norwich, a selection that helped Arsenal secure their first Premier League victory of the season. Arteta was glowing in his praise of Ramsdale after the victory, with the England internatio­nal now expected to keep his place in the team. It places Leno’s future at the Emirates under a cloud heading into the rest of the season. There is little chance of the

Gunners agreeing to sell Leno (below) in January, even if the 29-year-old does not win his place back in the starting XI. But they would look to do a deal for him next summer if their goalkeepin­g situation goes according to plan. Sportsmail understand­s that Arsenal signed Ramsdale in the expectatio­n that he would be No 1 by the end of the season, a scenario that would probably prompt offers for Leno next year. That situation appears to have transpired far more quickly than predicted but neverthele­ss it now looks likely the plan will be implemente­d as Arsenal look to prevent Leno from leaving for nothing in 2023 when his deal expires.

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