Arteta’s Selection Was Based On Politics, Not Performance –Leno

September 7, 2022
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Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno has alleged that he was kept on the bench for Aaron Ramsdale not because of his performance but politics.

Leno made this confession in a chat with BILD, where said that he has done enough to retain the team’s number one goalkeeping spot.

Recall that the 30-year-old was replaced as Mikel Arteta’s No 1 goalkeeper by Ramsdale last season and made just eight appearances in 2021-22.

But the this summer joined Fulham last month in an £8million deal after four years at Emirates Stadium, in which he made 125 appearances across all competitions.

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“When I realised that it wasn’t about performance or quality, I knew that I had to go,” Leno told BILD.

“In preparation, I saw that it is not about performance, but only about politics. It was clear to me: I had to get out of here.”

He added: “The most important thing for me is to find my rhythm again.

“Especially after I wasn’t actually able to train properly at Arsenal and had no preparation. It’s up to me to get the focus back on the national team.”

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