Aaron Ramsdale has been advised to walk away from his contract at the Emirates if David Raya remains number one, or risk jeopardizing his own England career ahead of Euro 2024.
After losing his place to David Raya, Aaron Ramsdale has been urged to quit Arsenal if he is to make England’s Euro 2024 squad.
Since his arrival in the summer of 2021, the Gunners goalkeeper has been the club’s number one for the majority of his time there, eliminating Bernd Leno in the process. However, Ramsdale is now the one facing competition after Arsenal signed Raya on loan from Brentford earlier this summer.
To make matters worse for Ramsdale, it is largely assumed that Arsenal will make Raya’s move permanent in the summer. The Spaniard has started the Gunners’ last two games, including Wednesday night’s 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven, the club’s first Champions League fixture since 2017.
Raya is expected to start against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. While the 28-year-old was largely inexperienced in both of his appearances, he scarcely missed a beat and demonstrated his superb distributing talents.
TalkSPORT analyst and former Aston Villa player Gabriel Agbonlahor has stated “Ramsdale will be in the horrors now.
“As the Euros approach, he thinks to himself, ‘I’ve just played for England, I’ve got a chance now.'” He’s unlikely to board the plane now.
“Dean Henderson left Manchester United for Crystal Palace, where he is tasked with getting Sam Johnstone out of the team.” It’s as simple as that; he needs to go play somewhere.
“We said it about [Kalvin] Phillips and [Harry] Maguire and these players, but you’d be devastated, Ramsdale.” He was instrumental in getting his team into the Champions League, but football is ruthless.”
Ramsdale’s departure has come as a surprise, given that he was given a long contract extension in May and hasn’t done much to merit losing his spot. Having said that, it has been rumored that Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea are now circling, while Bayern Munich is keeping an eye on developments.
Having said that, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta insists Ramsdale has adjusted well to being dropped and admits it is difficult to leave the goalkeeper out of the starting lineup.
“He’s been very supportive around the place, which I expected because when you’re playing, someone else isn’t, and he’s been very good.” Comfortable? Maybe I’ll check into it; it’s one of the most difficult.
Players feel happy and valued when they play and when they don’t it’s hard. Everybody understands that it’s a team sport but we have seen how important the finishes are and everybody has a part to play in the season.”