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“I keep my eyes open”

BERND LENO has opened the door to an Arsenal exit and admitted he feels like he’s just “a pawn” in Mikel Arteta’s plan.

The Germany international started the season as No 1 with the Gunners but was eliminated after the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City in August.

Bernd Leno has opened the door to a summer exit from Arsenal

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Aaron Ramsdale, signed in the summer, replaced him and the 23-year-old has not looked back since, winning his first cap in England as Arsenal began their climb into the top four.

Leno has since been limited to just one Premier League appearance.

And ahead of the home game with Brighton, he has revealed how “bitter” he is about it when he suggested he could be on the move this summer.

Leno, who only has one year left on his contract, told GOAL and SPOX: “It was a setback and a bitter moment. But this is sport, you have to accept it.

“It wasn’t easy, but I couldn’t feel sorry for myself, I wanted to attack again immediately.

“I don’t want to say that I was a pawn, but when the results don’t add up, football sometimes goes fast.

“The coach wanted to give new impetus – and then the results came. That was bitter for me because I had kept up well before.

“I had never experienced anything like this in my career. But I looked ahead.

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“My ambition is to always play, I know what I can do. I’m not 20 anymore where I could say, ‘I still have time’.”

Regarding his future, Leno admitted: “You can’t rule anything out anyway. I’m 30 years old, so you might think that, despite ambition and impatience, you might be a bit more relaxed about a topic like this.

“Of course there are always approaches. But this is about gaming. That’s my first ambition.

“If the club plans something else, they have to come to me. Of course, my agency and I are keeping an eye on the situation.”

He is associated with a return to former club Bayer Leverkusen.

Pressed, Leno added, “I read that too, but I don’t know anything about it.

“They also said I would definitely want to return to my home country, but that’s not true.

“As I said, we feel completely at home here, even if I’m not doing so well at the moment.”

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