In a stunning trade reversal, Mikel Arteta is reportedly considering selling goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who is linked to Chelsea.
Since the Gunners signed David Raya on a season-long loan from Brentford, Ramsdale has fallen in the standings. Next summer, they could sign him on a permanent deal worth £27 million.
Ramsdale hasn’t participated in a competitive game since mid-September, but Raya has started Arsenal’s last six Premier League matches.
The 25-year-old is concerned that he might be cut from England’s squad before the 2024 European Championship due to a lack of playing time.
The rivalry between Raya and Ramsdale for a starting spot, according to a number of analysts, is also creating issues within the Arsenal team.
Although Ramsdale’s contract with the Emirates expires in2026, there has recently been a lot of speculation about his future.
Ramsdale is reportedly being considered by Chelsea as Mauricio Pochettino looks for rivals for Robert Sanchez, according to Football365.
Initially, it was stated that Arteta would never leave Ramsdale, but it now seems as though the manager has changed his mind.
Arsenal may now “sever ties with Ramsdale come summer,” per Football Insider.
The goalie “wants to transfer somewhere to enjoy regular first-team action” and is “unhappy with his second-string status since Raya’s arrival,” the source claims.
Ramsdale’s transfer from Arsenal is reportedly not permitted, meaning Chelsea will have to wait until the end of the campaign to sign the England international.
Football Insider claims that if Arsenal sells Ramsdale, it will be a surprise U-turn by Arteta, who has in the past said that competition is a good thing at every position.
At the time, Arteta said, “To have two excellent goalkeepers is great; there’s nothing wrong with it.”
“We have two outstanding strikers, two outstanding left wingers, and two outstanding holding midfielders.” We have Declan Rice, Thomas Partey, and Jorginho, which is not and shouldn’t be a problem.
Nonetheless, it seems that Ramsdale is dissatisfied with his current situation in spite of Arteta’s encouraging words.
It looks that Ramsdale will leave the Emirates at the end of the season, as the report suggests, if his playing time does not increase throughout the season.