Bernd Leno 'out in the cold' with Mikel Arteta preparing to sell Arsenal goalkeeper

By Nathan Ridley

Bernd Leno is 'out in the cold' with manager Mikel Arteta preparing to sell the Arsenal goalkeeper, according to reports.

The 29-year-old was recently dropped for new signing Aaron Ramsdale, who helped the Gunners to their first win of the Premier League season on Saturday.

Leno had been in goal for the first three top-flight matches, all of which were defeats as Arsenal shipped nine goals in total.

Ramsdale's league bow, having signed for an initial £24 million from Sheffield United during the summer transfer window, was a 1-0 home victory over Norwich City as he put in an assured performance following his debut clean sheet at West Bromwich Albion in the Carabao Cup.

Now Arteta has reportedly made up his mind regarding Leno's future, with the new arrival set to retain the gloves.

Ramsdale has kept clean sheets in both of his Arsenal appearances (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The Daily Mail claim that Ramsdale was signed with the expectation that he would be the club's No.1 by the end of the campaign.

This would likely see offers come in for Leno, who joined for £19.3 million from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018.

Although the ex-Bundesliga stopper has been relatively reliable, Arteta evidently viewed the position between the posts as one he could upgrade during a busy summer at the Emirates that saw the club splash out more than £150m.

Leno shipped nine goals in three league games before being dropped (Getty Images)

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Arteta was impressed with Ramsdale, 23, on Saturday as the Gunners got off the mark after starting the weekend bottom of the table.

"I think he was terrific," stated the Spaniard. "It is not only what he did on the technical side, it is what he transmits, his energy, his chemistry with the backline, how he reacts, his body language... I think it was top.

"We have two fantastic goalkeepers and never forgot what Bernd has done for us and what a good goalkeeper he is.

He went on to explain: "I had to make decisions and I felt Aaron was the right one to do so and like in any other position, and that is what we decided today."

Ramsdale staked his claim post-match, telling Sky Sports : "I signed to come into the team whenever that might have been.

"I've got to carry on working on the training pitch and keep the competition with Bernd [Leno] and hopefully I can stay in the team and keep helping out."

On the three points, the ex-Bournemouth stopper said: "It was a great afternoon not just for me but for the team and the fans.

"It was a tough start but we showed great character and great resilience. I loved every minute of it.

"The fans were amazing and never stopped singing and it showed. It's been a great day all-round," he added.

"We knew that every game is difficult and we knew that we needed to win.

"We've played two promoted teams and two of the best teams in the league and we wanted more points but we haven't, but hopefully there are many more days like today."

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