The English international goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale, had solidified his position as Arsenal’s permanent number one last season under the ambitious Spanish boss, Mikel Arteta. However, since the debut of the new arrival shot-stopper David Raya, the English keeper has been unable to retain his spot in the starting eleven.
Nonetheless, Ramsdale did manage to receive a call-up to the England national team by Gareth Southgate, despite spending much of the season on the bench. Now, the keeper’s father, Nick Ramsdale, has lashed out at Arteta for his decision.
Aaron Ramsdale’s father shares candid thoughts on Arsenal’s GK situation
Aaron Ramsdale recently opened up about his concentration problems in a TV show, leaving the former English forward and host Ian Wright stunned. This revelation comes as Ramsdale lost his spot to fellow keeper David Raya. The Englishman recently signed a long-term extension, committing himself to Arsenal until 2026.
Aaron Ramsdale’s dad, Nick Ramsdale, furiously slammed Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta, questioning the lack of opportunities his son is getting. He voiced his thoughts on bringing in a new keeper despite Aaron receiving a contract extension.
He said, “Aaron is going to be the cup goalkeeper, and David Raya is going to be the main man unless something happens, an injury or a sending-off.
“Aaron’s got to live with that and he is living with that even though he’s not been told it. By anybody. You’ve got to give the guy a chance for God’s sake. Even though the way it’s been done, in my eyes, it’s been wrong and we can talk about that but it’s the decision.” he added further.
Aaron Ramsdale’s performances after inclusion of David Raya
The former Arsenal player turned manager, Arteta, led the Gunners closest to the Premier League title since the invincible era, finishing only behind Man City in the second position. Ramsdale played a pivotal role in last season’s phenomenal run, starting all the league games. However, this season, his last Premier League appearance came in August against Manchester United in a 3-1 win.
Ramsdale has expressed his concerns about the ongoing competition with David Raya, revealing that it has been a source of suffering and hurt for him. The 25-year-old has started only two EFL games since Raya’s inclusion, with the most recent being knocked out by West Ham in the third round of the Carabao Cup. This indicates that he is no longer the first-choice goalkeeper to start Premier League and Champions League fixtures for the Gunners.
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