Arteta 'walking a tightrope' at Arsenal after 'really strange' Falk update
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be “walking a tightrope” if he chooses to select his team on a rotational basis rather than on form.
So says ex-Sheffield United shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Arteta’s goalkeeping options.
Journalist Christian Falk tweeted on 15 September that the Gunners boss plans to give goalkeeper Bernd Leno a two-match break.
Aaron Ramsdale will fill in for the meantime but it is claimed that Leno will likely return between sticks for the clash with Spurs on 26 September.
Ramsdale signed from Sheffield United over the summer for a fee that could reportedly rise to £30million, including add-ons.
And Kenny insists that Arteta’s apparent decision to reintroduce Leno regardless of Ramsdale’s performances is “really, really strange”.
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“It’s a weird one, to say the least,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“What’s to say that Ramsdale plays at the weekend and is unbelievable. Arteta could be walking on a bit of a tightrope now that this has come out.
“To be willing to put Leno back in when he doesn’t know what is gonna happen at the weekend yet, it’s really, really strange.
“Ramsdale might end up being man of the match against Burnley. Are you still going to leave him out for the next game? It would be really difficult to.”
Leno, 29, has featured three times for Arsenal so far this season.
Ramsdale meanwhile has two appearances to his name since his switch from Bramall Lane.