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Alan Smith has claimed that Bernd Leno will be ‘desperate to leave’ Arsenal, as he told Sky Sports Football (26/10/21 at 7:40 pm).

The former Arsenal striker thinks Leno will be ‘down’ after losing the number one goalkeeping spot to Aaron Ramsdale. 

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Arsenal recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Leeds in the League Cup on Tuesday night, with Leno starting in between the sticks for his side.

Even though the German has been a regular for large periods of Mikel Arteta’s tenure in North London, as soon as the club paid big bucks for Ramsdale, it was obvious that the writing was on the wall for Leno.

If the 29-year-old does indeed leave the Emirates, then Smith thinks there will be ‘plenty of clubs’ keen to sign him up. 

“He’ll be down,” said Smith. “He’ll be desperate to leave the club. He is an experienced keeper. He won’t want to be a number two for any longer than he needs to be. 

“But he can’t go knocking on the manager’s door because Ramsdale has done so well. He is a big personality and he has pulled off some great saves. 

“For Bernd Leno, there will be plenty of clubs after him, if he becomes a man available.” 

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Not only is Leno now warming the bench for Arsenal, but his contract also expires next summer. 

He can leave on a free transfer in less than 12 months time, although, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him depart in January. 

The truth is, Leno hasn’t done much wrong, he will feel that he has been harshly treated and should still be number one.

There’s no way a keeper of his calibre remains on the bench until next summer because there will be plenty of clubs knocking for him when the transfer window re-opens. 

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