Former Arsenal number one Bernd Leno has criticised Arsenal, claiming that the club’s politics were the main reason he left.
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Leno joined Fulham for £8 million this summer after four years at Arsenal, were he made 125 appearances in all competitions. Until the signing of Ramsdale, the German was Arsenal’s number one for the majority of his time at the club.
Ramsdale, who was brought in as a backup to Leno at the time, quickly deposed him after a string of impressive performances. Because of his ability to play from the back, Arteta decided to make him number one.
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However, Leno, who made only 8 appearances for Arsenal last season, stated in an interview that he left the club due to ‘politics’ and not because of a drop in performance.
Leno told SPORT BILD via Fussball Transfers:
“When I realised that it wasn’t about performance or quality, I knew that I had to go. In preparation, I saw that it is not about performance, but only about politics. It was clear to me: I had to get out of here.”
“The most important thing for me is to find my rhythm again,’ he added.’Especially after I wasn’t actually able to train properly at Arsenal and had no preparation. It’s up to me to get the focus back on the national team.”