Charles Watts doesn’t see any reason why Arsenal should look to move on from Bernd Leno this summer following his recent comments.
The German goalkeeper, valued at £22.5m on Transfermarkt and with two years left on his current deal at The Emirates, has spoken about his future at the club and whilst he did say that he was happy to be at the club for now, he is “open to everything. Maybe for a new adventure or to stay at Arsenal”, which doesn’t come across as the most committed answer.
However, speaking on the latest edition of his show (7:18), Watts felt that it didn’t make sense for the Gunners to consider selling him and looking for a replacement, purely because there are far too many more important deals for the club to make instead:
“I think Arsenal would be mad to let him go now and move on, because they’ve got so much to do this summer. The last thing you want to do really is look for a new goalkeeper as well. You know you’ve got a good established international keeper who is a very good goalkeeper, I think he’s done perfectly fine since he’s been at Arsenal.
“I think if you’re going to sign a keeper this summer, it’s a number two to really challenge Bernd Leno, it’s not to bring in a whole new number one and start that process again.”
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TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments about Bernd Leno and Arsenal
Watts is right to talk about the priorities at Arsenal this summer, and whilst Leno hasn’t exactly been the best this season, ranking 20th in the team in terms of overall WhoScored rating, it’s what’s in front of him that needs the most work. For instance, there’s only so much he can do when he has the liability that is David Luiz in the backline.
But beyond that, keeping hold of players like Martin Odegaard, bringing in a new centre-forward to compete with or replace Alexandre Lacazette and replacing the aforementioned Luiz should be what they focus on instead.