Leno's response to Arsenal transfer talk as Mikel Arteta 'puts him up for sale'


Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has insisted he does not want to leave the club this summer and no players will force an exit.

The Gunners suffered a painful Europa League exit at the semi-final stage last week at the hands of Villarreal to ensure they will finish this campaign trophyless.

Even more damningly, the club now look set to miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years – meaning budgets are likely to be reduced ahead of next season.

Mikel Arteta’s side are currently languishing in ninth place in the standings and four points off rivals Tottenham, who occupy 7 th spot – the final European qualification place.



Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been linked with a summer transfer
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been linked with a summer transfer

Goalkeeper Leno, 29, has been reported to be one of the players who could be up for sale at The Emirates this summer, but he has rejected the suggestions he wants to leave.

“I am still happy at Arsenal. Arsenal is still a big club, a big name in the world and in the Premier League,” Leno told Sky Sports ahead of his side’s trip to Chelsea in Wednesday night’s league clash.

“There is nobody in the dressing room who says ‘I want to leave the club, I am not happy here anymore’.

“We still have a good environment at the club and in the dressing room. Of course, at times it was not easy this season, but this is part of football.

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“It’s not good to feel sorry for ourselves, we need to move forward and change it to a positive as soon as possible.”

Leno – who has been capped eight times at international level for Germany – has clocked up 114 first-team appearances for the Gunners since joining the club from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2018.

Chelsea’s win at Manchester City last weekend ended Arsenal’s mathematic chances of a top four finish this year.





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