Arsenal squashed away their six-year winless spell at Goodison Park last weekend. In that all-important one-nil win versus the Merseyside Blue, a stranger face of David Raya instead of Aaron Ramsdale was spotted guarding the Gunners’ goal due to head coach Mikel Arteta’s decision to drop usual no. 1 from England and start his new loan signing from Brentford for Arsenal’s goalkeeping duties. The 28-year-old Spanish shot stopper ended up securing Arsenal’s second clean sheet of the season, prompting many to think whether the 25-year-old Aaron Ramsdale is numbering his days as an Arsenal player should his fellow goalkeeping teammate continue to outperform him for the Gunners in the coming days.
Arteta: “Regrets” Not Trusting His Instincts to Change Goalkeepers During Games
Arsenal of course overcame Everton 1-0 in the English Premier League counter, courtesy of substitute Leandro Trossard’s magical strike in the second half. When asked about his decision to switch his goalkeeping option from Aaron Ramsdale to David Raya, the 41-year-old head coach of Arsenal Arteta highlighted that “It’s the same rationale as to why Fabio (Vieira) and Gabby [Jesus] played – I haven’t had a single question about why Gabriel hasn’t been starting. He has won more trophies than anybody else in that dressing room, including me. I want Aaron to react the same as Gabriel Jesus. The same as Kai Havertz, as Takehiro Tomiyasu. Exactly the same. We play with 11 players, not 10 plus one.”
“I’m a really young manager, I’ve been in the job three and a half years. I have few regrets, but one of them is that on two occasions, I felt after 60 minutes and 85 minutes of two games in this period to change the goalkeeper in that moment. I didn’t do it, I didn’t have the courage to do it. But I’m able to take a winger or striker and put a centre-back on to play a back five to hold on to a result. We drew those games, and I was so unhappy.”
The former Arsenal player ended his reply by saying: “Someone is going to do it, and maybe [people will say] that’s strange. But why not? Tell me why not. You have all the qualities in another goalkeeper to do something, you want to change the momentum, do it. It’s a regret that I have. Now my feeling is to get everybody engaged, that they have to play regardless of the competition. That’s my message. We adapt to our qualities that our players have, and try to play to their strengths. There are games to do certain things, games to do other things. In my opinion it was really important against Everton, and it was really important to benefit the team.”
Aaron Ramsdale vs David Raya. pic.twitter.com/usxoOFgNGP
— Gunners (@Gunnersc0m) August 15, 2023
Chelsea to Replace Robert Sánchez with Aaron Ramsdale as Chelsea’s New No. 1?
Arteta’s words after the Arsenal versus Everton game certainly raised discussions on Aaron Ramsdale’s future with the club. The 25-year-old Stoke-on-Trent-born shot stopper joined Arsenal from Sheffield United back at the start of the 2021/2022 Season and immediately became Arteta’s primary choice to guard the Gunners’ goal. Should Aaron Ramsdale does leave Arsenal sometime in the future after more than 80 appearances in all competitions for the club, a likely destination could be the club’s London rivals Chelsea.
After loaning out Kepa Arrizabalaga to Real Madrid as Thibaut Courtois’s replacement, Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues are currently deploying new summer signing from Spain Robert Sánchez as their main choice of goalkeeper but have only been able to register a single win in five matches in the English Premier League. With that said, coupled with Aaron Ramsdale’s current situation with Arsenal, Poch might just be plotting a move for the young England goalkeeper.
Both Ramsdale and Sánchez, who have a handful of international caps for the Three Lions and La Roja respectively, are gradually reaching the peak of their careers with the English keeper being the slightly more accomplished player with over 200 club appearances. In the modern era of football, it is getting more and more common to see top European football clubs to have more than one capable goalkeeper in their teams to share the heavy load of league, domestic and European cup competitions. Hence, it would be not a surprise if Chelsea does make a move for the €40-million goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in the coming winter transfer window or next summer to further improve the Blues’ squad depth.
Will Aaron Ramsdale Start Against PSV Eindhoven?
Aaron Ramsdale’s current circumstances with Arsenal inevitably lead to questions whether he will be starting in goal for the Gunners’ opening Group B match against PSV Eindhoven at Emirates in the 2023/2024 UEFA Champions League campaign. Aaron Ramsdale’s Arsenal will also meet last season’s UEFA Europa League winner Sevilla and French Ligue 1 side RC Lens in their latest journey to finally capture the first Europe’s top-tiered competition title in their team history.
Do you think that David Raya deserves to start over Aaron Ramsdale for goalkeeping obligations at Arsenal? Or the 25-year-old should be seeking a move away from the North London outfit and join other top European clubs next winter or summer? Let us know about your thoughts down in the comment section below, we would love to hear about your opinions regarding these matters!
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