Bernd Leno will reportedly look to move on from Arsenal next summer after Aaron Ramsdale started on Saturday.
According to the Daily Mail, the 29-year-old keeper faces an uncertain future at the Emirates following a weekend where Mikel Arteta handed the former Sheffield United star his first Premier League start with Arsenal.
As per the report, the original plan was for Ramsdale to replace Leno later in the season. However, things have taken a turn with the 23-year-old starting against Norwich and keeping a clean sheet.
Moreover, Arteta was full of praise for the England international. Indeed, selling Leno, who joined for £19m in 2018, will be difficult in January based on the financial condition of most clubs around Europe.
With the German’s contract up in 2023, Arsenal’s best chance to sell Leno will be next summer in 2022. It will also give more clubs around the continent to recoup the finances needed to sign players following the low-spending window we just occurred.
Insider’s View: Arsenal are taking a risk with a decision on Leno and Ramsdale already
Ramsdale’s signing was easily the most controversial of the summer. With the keeper being relegated twice from the Premier League as first-choice for both AFC Bournemouth and Sheffield United.
And whilst the shot-stopper has done fine in his two appearances so far for the Gunners, Arteta is making a big decision early in the season.
After all, Ramsdale’s two appearances so far for the Gunners have come across sides where he was hardly tested. As well as where the quality of the Arsenal defence was more superior than the opposing attack.
Ramsdale was also going to one day become the Gunners’ first-choice keeper. But making a definitive decision now could be a choice that might shoot Arteta in the foot, again.