The Gunners shot-stopper has recently seen his number one spot pinched by summer signing Aaron Ramsdale, sparking speculation over his future amid interest from Inter Milan
Leno has fallen out of favour under the Spaniard, starting the season as Arsenal’s number one before losing his place after just three games.
The Emirates faithful have already taken to Leno’s replacement Aaron Ramsdale, signed from Sheffield United earlier this summer for a £24m fee.
In turn, Leno has refused to rule out a move away from the club in January if he does not regain his place – something which Arteta has been particularly vocal about in the past.
According to German outlet SportBild, Leno already has one potential suitor in Inter Milan, while also reporting the 29-year-old has had to hide his frustration at being benched for the recent North London derby.
When pressed on where he sees his club future, Leno said: “London is very nice; Milan is not bad either and closer to my home Stuttgart.
“But I’m not seriously thinking about that yet. I feel comfortable at Arsenal and in London.”
While Arsenal fans may read those comments and think Leno is staying put, he then alluded to a potential switch in the January transfer window.
“Only if nothing changes in my situation by winter would I have to think about things: what option do I have, how can I continue?” Leno added. “But I’m concentrating on my work in training; I can’t commit to anything else at the moment.”
Hardly the sentiments of someone who wants to stay and fight for his place, while Arteta has previously made his feelings clear on players who do not wish to give their all.
In the summer of last year, Arteta said: “All the players that are here, I am counting on them, if they want on the boat, they are more than welcome and that’s always my mindset.”
“I am here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively and that is my job.”
The Arsenal boss continued by claiming that his players have a clear line of communication with him – which begs the question why Leno was so revealing in his comments to the media.
“The way we try to manage the squad, communicate to the players, we just try to tell everybody their role that we expect from them”, Arteta explained.
“The players have really good communication with myself, the coaching staff and the club as well to put on the table their feelings, how they see themselves, what they are looking [for] in their careers.”
Given the nature of Leno and his manager’s contrasting comments, Arsenal could be a goalkeeper light come January as the picture becomes clearer that a departure would perhaps suit both parties.