Mikel Arteta says that there is no guarantee for anyone in his starting lineup.
has talked about
and his position in the Gunners’ starting lineup, insisting that he can’t guarantee anyone a permanent place, including his goalkeepers, and says that he hasn’t promised to use a rotating lineup to give all the goalkeepers chance to play.
Leno has been struggling since
arrived from Sheffield United, and Arteta says that he has already told the goalkeepers that he is not going to rotate his goalkeepers.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Burnley on Saturday, the Spaniard said (as quoted byThe Times
“We have to change something and Aaron has come here to try to make us better. We needed a result on that day and I decided to play him.
“I said to the goalkeepers in the last two or three years, that we don’t want to do that [rotate]. 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, it is what you’re going to do today and tomorrow, and that’s it.”
Despite the situation in his squad, Arteta insists that Leno had no negative or unprofessional reactions to being sidelined in their last clash against Norwich.
"Obviously for Bernd it wasn’t a pleasing communication when I told him that he wasn’t playing. But he’s a top professional and a top person.
"He should be disappointed and he should support his teammates like they all have with him every time he’s played. That’s exactly what he’s done."
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