Arteta: Ramsdale has a really important role in the team

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager has told rival clubs that Aaron Ramsdale is not for sale in a sign of faith towards the goalkeeper.

England international Ramsdale has played limited minutes for club and country since being replaced in the Gunners starting eleven by summer signing David Raya. The Spaniard has received mixed reviews from fans after questionable errors in games against Chelsea and Newcastle.

These recent mistakes have led to calls for Ramsdale to be reinstated into the starting line-up, with rumours now circulating that the 25-year-old could call time on his Arsenal career in January to ensure a spot in England’s Euro 2024 squad.

When asked about these rumours and the potential approaches from clubs, Arteta squashed these remarks:

“I have no messages for any clubs. I can talk a little bit about my players, how much I like my players, how much I like Aaron and that we want Aaron with us, that’s for sure.

“My door is open to speak about any player. We just want the best for our players and we try to do that, and we know the influence that we can have – sometimes positively, sometimes not so positively, towards them.”

Chelsea are one of many clubs who are keeping an eye on the situation at Arsenal, with Ramsdale firmly behind Raya in the Gunners goalkeeping pecking order, .

However, Arteta has warned Ramsdale that although he will always get help from the club, he should not be complacent and think of the bigger picture.

“We will always try to do our best to help them, but this is a team sport that needs 24 players that have to fulfil a role.

“And the role that you have in August, it might be very different to the one you have in March. So making early decisions, in my experience, is not something good at all and as well because the team has certain needs that has to be accomplished.

“And in order to do that you cannot do it with six, 10 or 14 players. It is impossible. So you need everyone and Aaron has a really important role in the team.”

Ramsdale will be back in the Arsenal side after the international break against Brentford due to Raya being unavailable to face his former side.

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