Bernd Leno's outburst as Mikel Arteta in danger of breaking promise to Arsenal keeper

By Chris Doyle

Bernd Leno was visibly frustrated during Arsenal's training session on Wednesday as the Gunners prepare for their Premier League clash with Burnley this weekend.

The German goalie has seemingly lost his no.1 shirt to Aaron Ramsdale as the £24million signing from Sheffield United started last weekend in Arsenal's 1-0 win over Norwich.

Leno had played in Arsenal's opening three Premier League games as they suffered three defeats to start the season, including a 5-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad.

It is expected Ramsdale will retain his place in the side after keeping a clean sheet against the Canaries as the two players tried to impress Mikel Arteta ahead of the clash against Sean Dyche's men.

The pair appeared to be getting on as they stepped out onto the London Colney training pitch, in conversation alongside third choice keeper Arthur Okonkwo.

(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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But Leno appeared to let his frustrations boil over in a 11v11 training game as he could be seen shouting towards the coaching staff for not giving a free kick on Nicolas Pepe in the build-up to a goal from Folarin Balogun.

Leno's outburst is a good indication he hasn't given up hope of reclaiming his spot in the side for the trip to Turf Moor.

But reports suggest Mikel Arteta has promised Leno that he will take 'a break' for one more game, before coming back into the line-up for the north London derby against Tottenham the following weekend.

Leno's future was thrown in doubt when the Gunners signed Ramsdale as the former Bayer Leverkusen stopper was linked with an exit from the Emirates for the duration of the summer.

Aaron Ramsdale started Arsenal's win over Norwich (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

It was reported that the 29-year-old was one of the players to be sold as part of Arsenal's summer clearout as they looked to get players off the wage bill.

But despite the constant speculation, he would stay put for the new season and was given the nod for Arsenal's opening three games, before Ramsdale replaced him against Norwich.

It remains to be seen if Arteta will deliver on his promise or if Ramsdale will keep his place in the side for the time being.


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