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‘Arteta doesn’t trust him’: Journalist claims Arsenal will soon offload ‘magnificent’ £100k-a-week player

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will offload Bernd Leno this summer, according to Paul Brown.

The Daily Star journalist, writing on GiveMeSport, claims the Gunners boss “doesn’t trust” the 30-year-old with the ball at his feet.

Brown also claims Arsenal have actually been trying to sell Leno “for the last couple of windows”.

The Germany international’s time at the Emirates Stadium looks to be coming to an end.

Leno joined Arsenal in 2018 from Bayer Leverkusen for a reported £19.1million.

He was first-choice at the Emirates Stadium up until September 2021.

Indeed, Arteta described Leno as “magnificent” just last year.

But following a poor start to the season for Arsenal, Arteta opted to drop Leno and give Aaron Ramsdale a chance.

The summer signing impressed from the off and quickly made the first-choice gloves his own.

Meanwhile, Leno has found himself warming the bench most of the time, with the occasional cup runout.

Now, with Matt Turner joining from New England Revolution, this could push Leno further down the pecking order.

The £100,000-a-week stopper’s contract expires next year.

Therefore, this summer is the last chance Arsenal have of selling him for a decent amount.

“Moved on from Leno”

GiveMeSport asked Brown whether Leno would settle for another season of sitting on the bench.

“No, absolutely not,” replied the journalist.

“Arsenal effectively moved on from Leno some months ago.

“Arteta doesn’t trust him with the ball at his feet and he doesn’t have a future at the club, and he knows it.

“They have been trying to sell him for the last couple of windows and I think this is the time where he will get a move.”

Leno is reportedly on the radar of several Bundesliga clubs, as well as Portuguese giants Benfica.

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