Ex-Arsenal man Nigel Winterburn recently sat down for an interview with FreeSuperTips to detail Bernd Leno’s situation with the Gunners amid rumors that the club was seriously looking into a pursuit of goalkeeper Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale.
“You wouldn’t think £30-£40 million for a goalkeeper that they would be coming in as second choice, so it would create a tricky situation. It would have been interesting to see how it went because Ramsdale wouldn’t come to sit on the bench for that price. For Leno, it could go either one or two ways, it’ll either put him on a downer or it’ll spur him on,” Winterburn told FreeSuperTips as made available to Bavarian Football Works. “He would say that position is mine at the moment and really the manager has no justification to leave me out if I’m playing to a higher level. I think it would spur him on, but it’s a huge fee for a goalkeeper to come in and sit on the bench. I’m not 100% convinced it’s the right choice, but I hope I’m completely wrong if he does join.”
Leno, of course, is typically Germany’s third goalkeeper behind Manuel Neuer and Marc-André ter Stegen when healthy. Should he lose his starting role with Arsenal, it would very difficult for former Bayern Munich coach and new Germany manager Hansi Flick to select Leno with Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt), Stefan Ortega (Arminia Bielefeld), Florian Muller (VfB Stuttgart), and even Alexander Nübel (AS Monaco via Bayern Munich) all expected to see regular playing time at their respective clubs.
As always, the German roster will be evolving and Leno’s situation will be one to watch.