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Bernd Leno responds to reports that he wants to leave Arsenal

Bernd Leno responds to reports that he wants to leave Arsenal

Leno has been a key member of Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team since joining for £19 million from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.

The Gunners are currently in ninth place in the Premier League, eight points behind the top four, with two games remaining.

Arsenal will miss out on European football for the first time since the 1995/96 season if they finish outside the top seven.

However, in an interview with Sport1, Leno stated that he is committed to assisting the club in returning to its rightful place.

He said:

“I don’t want to flee here. I feel good and want to be successful again with Arsenal.

“Arsenal are a big club, which is extremely underestimated in Germany. There are many Arsenal fans all over the world.

“I still have a two-year contract and hope to play in the Champions League again with Arsenal.

“It is also clear that at some point in my career, I want to do something different. So far, I’ve played for two clubs.

“Maybe I’ll get the urge to play in another league again, maybe in the south. But there is time. I’m still getting to the top goalkeeping age. But my focus is on Arsenal FC.”

Leno was also asked if he regretted moving to Arsenal, to which he responded emphatically that he did not.

“No, definitely not. I’ve never regretted the move. Not even at the beginning when I sat on the bench for the first few games,”

Leno explained.

“I wanted to gain experience abroad, also as a person, and the Premier League is the coolest league. I’ve always followed this league.

“This back and forth, the physical, the playing with an open visor – that just makes you want to go. There’s more going on here than in the Bundesliga.

“There is too much midfield skirmishing and probing there. I’m also happy when the fans are back. They set the pace in England and push the teams.”