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Arsenal know new signing they want to replace Bernd Leno if German leaves in January

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Arsenal’s long-serving goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been linked with a move away from the club in recent days, with a move to Inter Milan supposedly in the offing. Leno, 29, has been the Gunners’ first-choice goalkeeper since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018, although his mistakes have tarnished the highlights he has produced.

And with the German’s contract expiring next summer, a plan to bring in another keeper must be made upon his departure.

Aaron Ramsdale was signed this summer to become the long-term replacement for Leno, however if he was to leave then another senior keeper would have to be brought in.

And according to Goal, Arsenal could re-register their interest in Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.

The 25-year-old’s contract also expires next summer, but he is now able to play games following the termination of his doping ban.

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The Cameroonian was banned from football for 12 months for taking the substance Furosemide, but Ajax have successfully had it overturned.

This has allowed one of Europe’s most exciting goalkeepers to play first-team football once again.

However with Inter also reportedly interested in Onana alongside Tottenham, Lyon and Borussia Dortmund, the Gunners have a battle on their hands if they are to secure his signature.

Arsenal transfer chief Edu conceded that Leno may not have a future at the Emirates following the signing of England international goalkeeper Ramsdale.

Speaking to Sky Sports last week, the Brazilian backed the move despite the need to improve in other key areas.

“Aaron Ramsdale, for example, he is a very good football player and has the potential to be a big part of the team in the future,” Edu said.

“For the future of the team. What he wants to do is to balance that position and why do you bring him in?

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“We already have one player there to play games with Bernd Leno. But, we have to bring someone in to help for the future.”

Arsenal have spent £150million on transfers this summer, including the purchases of Ben White and Martin Odegaard.

However with the club at the foot of the league, it appears Arteta is hungry for future plans to be drawn up.

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