Mikel Arteta is allegedly contemplating selling Chelsea-linked goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in a stunning trade U-turn.
Ramsdale has slid down the pecking order this season as the Gunners signed Brentford loanee David Raya on a season-long loan. They have the option to sign him permanently for £27 million next summer.
Raya has started the previous six Premier League competitive games for Arsenal, while Ramsdale has not played in a competitive game since mid-September.
The 25-year-old is worried that his lack of playing time may cause him to be dismissed from England’s team ahead of the 2024 European Championship.
Several analysts have also argued that Raya and Ramsdale’s competition for a starting berth is causing problems inside the Arsenal group.
Ramsdale is under contract with the Emirates until 2026, but there has been much conjecture regarding his future recently.
According to Football365, Chelsea are mulling a deal for Ramsdale as Mauricio Pochettino seeks competition for Robert Sanchez.
It was originally said that Arteta would not split ways with Ramsdale under any circumstances, but it now appears that the manager’s opinion has shifted.
Arsenal, according to Football Insider, may now ‘cut ways with Ramsdale next summer.’
According to the source, the goalie is ‘unhappy with his second-string status since Raya’s arrival’ and ‘wants to transfer somewhere to enjoy regular first-team action.’
According to reports, Arsenal will not allow Ramsdale to leave during the January transfer window, so Chelsea will have to wait until the end of the season to sign the England international.
According to Football Insider, if Arsenal sells Ramsdale, it will be a surprise U-turn’ from Arteta, who has previously stated that having competition in every position is a good thing.
“To have two excellent goalkeepers is great; there’s nothing wrong with it,” Arteta stated at the time.
“We have two fantastic left wingers, two fantastic strikers, and two fantastic holding midfielders.” We have Jorginho, Thomas [Partey], and Declan [Rice], which is not and should not be an issue.”
Nonetheless, despite Arteta’s encouraging remarks, it appears like Ramsdale is unhappy with his current circumstances.
If his playing time does not grow over the season, it appears that Ramsdale will depart the Emirates at the conclusion of the season, as the report implies.