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Aaron Ramsdale ‘tells pals he expects to start’ for Arsenal after Leno disaster

Aaron Ramsdale has reportedly told his friends that he 'expects to start' Arsenal's next match instead of number one keeper Bernd Leno.

The Sun report that Ramsdale has told his pals he thinks Mikel Arteta will select him in goal against Norwich City next Saturday after Leno conceded five against Manchester City last time out.

Ramsdale signed for Arsenal this summer from relegated Sheffield United for a fee worth £26million but there are add-ons included if he becomes the Gunners' first-choice.

The 23-year-old made his Arsenal debut in the Carabao Cup second round against West Bromwich Albion but is yet to appear in the league for them.

Ramsdale now believes he could be handed a start against Norwich following the international break, in place of German keeper Leno.

If this were to happen then it would also see Arsenal begin to trigger the add-ons in his transfer from Sheffield United, with some believed to come into effect after a small number of appearances.

The rest of the add-ons will be triggered by Ramsdale becoming the first-choice goalkeeper at the Emirates Stadium.

Current number one Leno has played all three of Arsenal's league games so far, conceding nine goals as the Gunners started the season with three straight defeats in the Premier League.

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This could see Arteta make a change in goal after Ramsdale kept a clean sheet in the 6-0 cup win over West Brom and again a behind closed doors friendly against Brentford earlier this week.

Leno's future at the club looks uncertain, but he has denied pushing for an exit earlier this summer despite interest from Serie A champions Inter Milan.

In addition, football.london have suggested that the former Bayer Leverkusen man is "unwilling" to extend his contract, which currently expires at the end of the season.

In preparation for his departure, Arsenal are again being linked with Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and are understood to be monitoring the Cameroon international.

Like Leno, Onana's deal expires next summer, allowing Arsenal to sign him for free in January via a pre-contract agreement.

However, Onana remains suspended until November due to a doping ban after he failed a drugs test at the start of the year.

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