Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta may axe Bernd Leno for Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final clash against Villarreal.

That is the view of former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, who exclusively told Football Insider that he would like Mat Ryan to replace the 29-year-old between the sticks.

Leno scored an own goal in his 43rd start of the season on Friday, as Mikel Arteta’s side slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Everton at the Emirates.

The German shot-stopper’s form has significantly dipped in 2021 and he has only kept one clean sheet in his last 10 Premier League appearances.

Campbell wants a replacement for Leno signed in the summer transfer window.

“We have been here too many times before,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“When your goalkeeper starts costing you games it is not good.

“Listen, Bernd Leno is a good goalkeeper but he is not a great goalkeeper. I think Mikel Arteta really should be looking at that position in the summer.

“Mat Ryan is there and he has not put a foot wrong whenever he has played. Leno is costing the team at the moment and you have to look to make a change. Arteta might look at that for Villarreal. It is definitely an option.

“You cannot afford to have a goalkeeper making those sort of mistakes.

“I have no idea how he let that in against Everton but it was not the first one he should have put his cap on. It is a big worry when your goalkeeper lets in goals like that.” 

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