Aaron Ramsdale’s father has hit out at how Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has handled his son this season.
The Gunners went into the 2023/24 campaign with Ramsdale as their starting goalkeeper. They then signed David Raya – a switch goal from previous years – on an initial mortgage from Brentford, and after waiting unless after the September worldwide destroy to bear his debut, the Spaniard has started each Premier League and Champions League sport since.
Regardless of impressing in his four years with the Bees, Raya has made a bunch of errors all over his fast time at Arsenal thus some distance. Arteta at the origin claimed his two goalkeepers had been competing for a starting build and he did no longer bear a chain no 1, however this does no longer appear to be the case.
Ramsdale, who signed a recent long-term contract in Might well possibly possibly even, has fully played twice since September – in Carabao Cup ties in opposition to Brentford and West Ham United. He has been warned by England boss Gareth Southgate that his train within the Three Lions setup is at possibility if he is no longer playing progressively.
Speaking on the Highbury Squad podcast, Ramsdale’s father Sever used to be serious of how Arsenal bear dealt with their goalkeeper build.
“We did no longer bear a clue [Ramsdale was going to be dropped]. I did no longer bear a clue, our family did no longer bear a clue, Aaron did no longer bear a clue that he used to be no longer going to carry on playing. All of a surprising, he’s no longer been played,” he stated.
“You correct bear to search out at it personally and I am doubtlessly announcing too powerful however: Aaron goes to be the cup goalkeeper, and David Raya goes to be the most important man except something occurs, an harm or a sending-off. And Aaron’s got to dwell with that and he is living with that though he’s no longer been instructed it. By anyone.
“Squads evolve the total time, no person goes to be there forever. David Raya has no longer pulled up trees thus some distance, for instance he’s no longer going to. Even supposing the vogue or no longer it’s been performed, in my eyes, or no longer it’s been inferior.
“Aaron lost that smile. And or no longer it’s vigorous to stare him there. All of us bear announcing: ‘or no longer it’s mandatory to rob care of smiling’. And for the time being in time, now we bear no longer got that smile in him.
“David Raya is a enormous goalkeeper and or no longer it’s no longer his fault. He’s correct reach in as a goalkeeper. It is correct relish when Aaron came in and Bernd Leno used to be there [in 2021].
“Aaron says Raya is a mighty guy and he works exhausting with him. Aaron is searching to aid in as powerful as he can to resolve in with the squad. It is possibly the vogue or no longer it’s been performed, no longer brilliant the reason why.
“My fully snort is as soon as I spoke to Mr Arteta on the telephone before he signed Aaron, he stated he wished Aaron. But now David Raya is again within the marketplace and he had David Raya.
“I construct no longer know [what this means for Ramsdale’s future]. Aaron has correct signed a recent take care of three or four years with an choice for 300 and sixty five days.
“That is honestly just, I am no longer spinning the account. That is purely me: why would you extend a goalkeeper or any participant’s contract and then two or three months later [sign someone else]?”