Arteta drops Leno. Ryan drafted in to stop Arsenal home league run with no clean sheet since January
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Arteta drops Leno
Mikel Arteta has surprised many Arsenal fans by dropping long-term and starting goalkeeper Bernd leno for the Australian international Mat Ryan.
Having been brought in on loan in January, the ex-Brighton number one has only played one game for the Gunners so far in the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.
In the performance, the only goal of the game was more of a defensive error than a goalkeeping mistake and he impressed when called upon. Meanwhile, Leno has made some high-profile errors, looking at fault at home in the draw against Slavia Prague.
With the German in goal, Arsenal are without a home League clean sheet since January in the 0-0 draw against Manchester United.
Should the Australian manage to pull off a stellar performance he could be in with a shot of earning the number one shirt and maybe a permanent deal in the summer.
📋 Today’s team news…
🇨🇭 Xhaka continues at left back
🇦🇺 Ryan between the posts
🇧🇷 Martinelli makes back-to-back league starts
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 18, 2021
Leno was not the only absentee from the regular starting 11 with plenty of Thursday night’s heroes including Nicolas Pepe and Thomas Partey sent to the bench for a rest.
Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel Martinelli start the match and the Brazilian will be want to make another positive display building upon his goal against Sheffield United.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Mari of Arsenal celebrate their side’s first goal scored by Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal (not pictured) during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal at Bramall Lane on April 11, 2021 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Rui Vieira – Pool/Getty Images)
Many Arsenal supporters have been calling on the 19-year old to play more matches, with much expected from the former Ituano forward.
Thomas Partey has suffered a number of injury problems so far this season so it is unsurprising to see the Ghanaian dropped to provide some respite.
Bellerin also starts over Calum Chambers. The Spaniard has been linked with a move away from the Gunners and Chambers has come in and impressed greatly.
Arsenal could move above Everton should they win today and beat the Toffees next weekend so there is plenty still to play for.