Mikel Arteta had a ‘very clear conversation’ before dropping Bernd Leno from Arsenal team

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Mikel Arteta had a ‘very clear conversation’ before dropping Bernd Leno from Arsenal team
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Mikel Arteta says he had a “very clear conversation” with Bernd Leno before dropping him from the Arsenal team.

Leno started the first three Premier League games of the season, but he has since been replaced by summer signing Aaron Ramsdale.

The German has spoken to Sport Bild about the situation, saying: “There was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance.”

But Arteta said: “I had a very clear conversation with him 48 hours before I was going to make the decision.

“Obviously, any conversation I have with him is completely private and I’m not going to speak with any media about it.”

Asked what he expects from Leno now, Arteta replied: “The same that he’s done every single day. Train the way he does, be the way he is, the person he is, the way he handles himself, and try to help the other keepers and the other keepers try to help him.”

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