The Lowdown: Sell to buy?
Mikel Arteta admitted in a press conference last week that his squad is ‘large’, and hinted that the North London club has to start moving players on ‘very soon’ before thinking about bringing in any more signings (Metro).
The likes of Alex Runarsson, Pablo Mari, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson make up a sizeable 32-man squad having each had loan spells away from the Emirates Stadium last season, and with a 25-man squad limit in the Premier League, the feeling is that these players need to be moved on, alongside one or two others, in order to free up space for more arrivals.
The Latest: Leno exit?
Taking to Twitter, Plettenberg has revealed that an exit for Leno is now ‘looking good’, with ‘positive movements’ in talks between the club and Fulham for his signature:
“News #Leno: Been told that its looking good now. Positive movements in the negotiations between Fulham and Arsenal. But it’s not a done deal yet. But an agreement is expected. Verbal agreement since weeks and as reported excl.”
The Verdict: Right call
Having signed goalkeeper Matt Turner to provide cover for Aaron Ramsdale, Leno’s game time would likely be very limited this season, and so it is now time to move him on.
Should Arsenal sell Leno?
The Germany international remains one of AFC’s highest earners on £100,000-per-week, and it would be sensible for them to get his wages off of their books on top of a sizeable transfer fee.
Nonetheless, his departure could pave way for another new signing, with Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko having already joined Turner at the Emirates.
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