Bernd Leno could be on his way out of Arsenal, with Aaron Ramsdale likely to take over as the Gunners’ de facto number one.
Mikel Arteta’s first win of the new season came at the expense of the German international, who was replaced by the newly-signed England goalkeeper against Norwich last weekend.
Now he faces a possible campaign on the bench, and he may be forced to move on to greener pastures in pursuit of regular playing time sooner rather than later.
Serge Aurier, who was released by Tottenham, could stay in north London.
The Ivory Coast full-back is now a free agent, and Arsenal is thought to have made an offer, with the Gunners willing to hold negotiations.
Antonio Conte and Arsenal have made no pre-contract agreements. Conte has no verbal or pre-contract agreement with any club and is therefore available.
“Rumours regarding Arsenal’s pre-deal are not accurate,” Federico Pastorello, a long-time agent close to Conte, tells Freddie Paxton.
Injury and Absence update
• Mohamed Elneny (hamstring)
• Rob Holding (knee)
• Granit Xhaka (ban) will all miss the trip to Burnley.
• Elneny is aiming to return to training next week, while Holding has “progressed his rehabilitation back into training”.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal has five goals in three Premier League games versus Norwich, including a brace in both of their 2019-20 meetings. Breakthrough.
Against Norwich, Arsenal had 30 shots. Since December 2017 against Manchester United, they’ve had the most in a Premier League game (33).
“I respect all the pressure,” Arsenal director Edu told Sky UK about the heat on Arteta and himself. I understand the fans’ feelings. I understand and respect the cause, however we will need some time to complete our tasks. This is the situation. We’re also planning for the future.”
Arteta reacted angrily to the implication that Leno had reacted negatively to his dismissal. “No, it isn’t correct. He was the best with his teammates in every way. That is not the case.”
Burnley vs Arsenal
18 September 2021