Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno boosted by pep talk from Jens Lehmann after losing No 1 spot

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno reveals ex-Gunners stopper Jens Lehmann reached out to ask ‘is everything OK?’ after being dropped by Mikel Arteta for Aaron Ramsdale as German thanks legend for pep talk

  • Bernd Leno received a phone call from Jens Lehmann to check he was OK
  • Arsenal goalkeeper has been ousted by £24m summer signing Aaron Ramsdale
  • The pair were both at Stuttgart in 2009/10 and have kept in touch ever since


Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno received a phone call from Gunners legend Jens Lehmann to check he was OK after the German lost his No 1 spot to Aaron Ramsdale.

Lehmann, 52, and Leno, 29, were both at Stuttgart during the 2009/2010 season and have kept in touch ever since.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta made Ramsdale his first-choice stopper after signing him from Sheffield United in a £24million deal in the summer.

Bernd Leno revealed that he’s been given ‘no clear reason’ as to why he’s lost his starting spot

Leno revealed in September that he’s been given ‘no clear reason’ as to why he’s lost his starting spot by Arteta. 

And Lehmann – who spent five years in north London before joining Stuttgart – called his compatriot to check in on him.

In an interview with the Arsenal programme ahead of their home clash against Southampton, Leno recalled: ‘I will never forget what I learned from Jens.

Mikel Arteta made Aaron Ramsdale his first-choice stopper after signing him in the summer

Mikel Arteta made Aaron Ramsdale his first-choice stopper after signing him in the summer

‘I am still in touch with him. In fact he called me the other day to ask if everything is OK.

‘It’s always great to speak with him because he has experienced so much in football and always has good advice.

‘It’s important to stay in touch with people because the football world is very small and the goalkeeping world is even smaller.’

Leno has played just five times this season – three in the Premier League and twice in the Carabao Cup. while Ramsdale has featured on 13 occasions in the top flight.

Gunners legend Jens Lehmann called his compatriot to check in on him

Gunners legend Jens Lehmann called his compatriot to check in on him