By Frank McAvennie

10th Jul, 2022 | 12:44pm

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Frank McAvennie has claimed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has “learnt from Pep Guardiola” as Bernd Leno nears an exit from the Emirates.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker suggested Arteta would not allow Leno, 30, to leave without a replacement.

On Thursday (7 July) Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg reported that the 30-year-old has reached a verbal agreement with Fulham.

The goalkeeper is said to have agreed a contract until 2025 with the newly promoted side.

The Germany international has only a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates.

When asked for his assessment of the latest, McAvennie told Football Insider: “I think you’ve got to rely on and respect the guy in charge.

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You’ve got to replace players like that.

You can’t just sell a player and not replace him. I don’t believe that you can do that.

He’s learnt from [Pep] Guardiola. I don’t think he would allow anyone to leave if he thought they were going to be anywhere near his first team.

So if he thinks people are going to be in his first team and he has to sell them, then he’ll need a replacement for them. It’s like for like they’ve got to sell and get somebody in, cheaper, that can maybe do the same job and maybe go on to be better than the boy that’s just walked out.

So that’s what you’re hoping for.

Arsenal signed goalkeeper Matt Turner from MLS side New England Revolution on 27 June.

He will be Aaron Ramsdale’s deputy next season.

In other news, a pundit has told Arsenal to sign Nicolas Pepe replacement after £45m development.