Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed that no assurances have been given to Bernd Leno about returning to the starting lineup for the North London Derby. Aaron Ramsdale replaced Leno for the home fixture against Norwich as they won their first game of the Premier League. A number of reports emerged in Germany that the keeper was promised a start against Tottenham but now Arteta has come out and said that no such assurances were made.
“I don’t know where they are coming from but they are ahead of me!” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said about Bernd Leno. “I am the one that picks the team at the weekend and sometimes I read things that I haven’t decided yet. They give me ideas, at most, but I haven’t made a decision for Saturday or the north London derby.”
“No. That’s what I said to them and I said to the goalkeepers in the last two or three years – that we don’t want to do that,” he added when asked if any assurances were made. “What we want to do is empower performance and ask them to train behave and play the best possible way. How can I guarantee somebody something? It wouldn’t make sense with what we are demanding them to do. So it is on a daily basis, what you did three months ago in football, it doesn’t count. So is what you’re going to do today and tomorrow, and that’s it.”