“If I was in his position” Wenger encourages Ramsdale to remain at Arsenal

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has advised Aaron Ramsdale to stay with the club, as he believes Ramsdale can win back his first-team spot.

Ramsdale lost his place a few weeks ago to David Raya, and the Spaniard has remained the first choice at the Emirates for the time being.

Mikel Arteta has expressed his confidence in Raya, even in the face of multiple errors and has been defending him for weeks. This suggests that Arteta is willing to give Raya time to improve and perform well for Arsenal.

Ramsdale has been rumoured to be considering leaving the Emirates, possibly requesting a transfer to secure his spot in the England squad ahead of Euro 2024.

However, Wenger, who has a fondness for the former Sheffield United goalkeeper, advises him to be patient and believes he will have another opportunity to reclaim his place in the team.

The Frenchman said, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

‘Personally, I like Ramsdale. If I was in his position, I would not give up.

‘I believe he has the chance to come back into the team.’

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Ramsdale remains a quality goalkeeper and will be the first choice at any top club, but Raya is also a good goalkeeper and deserves his chance.

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  1. Sadly, I agree withReggie and think RAMSDALE, who rightly has a supreme confidence in his own massive ability, will not wait and be content with second choice, esp when KEEPERS ARE SO RARELY INJURED AND HE WILL, as now seems inevitable, be only a second choice.

    I fully expect him to request a transfer, possibly very soon but no later than next summer.

    I could hardly blame him either and he must surely feel betrayed.

    It will be a black day for our club when it happens. But it surely WILL happen. Sigh!

  2. Raya is only getting the games ahead of Ramsdale to sweeting him up for a long term commitment as he is yet to agree a new contract.. //Raya has not yet signed a long term contract with Arsenal and if he is not chosen for games ahead of Ramsdale, he may decide to leave Arsenal at the end of his loan contract. So that is why Arteta is keeping him happy. //Ramsdale will get his lion share of the games next season after Raya has committed his future to Arsenal.// So Ramsdale being younger than Raya and most other international GoalKeepers being only 25, therefore he should be patient and bide his time with Arsenal for next season after Raya commits and Arteta is happy that he has two long term contracted GoalKeepers. It makes sense not to upset Raya until he signs. Plus Raya is better at defending corners and less likely to get bullied by surrounding opposition players. Both Raya and Ramsdale are equally good at close range savings, and they both make the odd mistake at distribution. Raya just edges it at long range saves and corner catches. Both a little nervous at tight distribution and both need to improve.

  3. Ramsdale fought to win the number one slot in his first season. He knows what competition is all about because he has been a beneficiary. Just imagine what the deposed German player felt. Sports is all about competition and no one should have a sense of entitlement to be a starter in a good team whose aim is getting better every year. Ramsdale should stay and fight for his place rather listen to others who advise him to leave the club. What if he fails to displace the goal keeper in his new assumed team? Is he going to run away to find another team? He displaced someone on merit. He should be ready to be displaced by someone better at the moment. Hanging in there and competing is what’s going to earn him respect.

    1. But arguably he wasn’t displaced by someone better. That is not the same. He was just displaced and undefeated this season.

  4. To be honest I would not blame Ramsdale if he requested for a tranfer in January or Summer. It is different with Goal keepers as they never get substituted, hardly get injured or rotated. Once a keeper becomes first choice it’s difficult for the other keeper to get enough games..

    It looks like it will turn into the Leno vs Martinez saga.

    To me Arteta was very wrong on this one, Ramsdale should have been the starter and bed in Raya as he was new. But subbing the keeper that has been part of “The Process” and not done too bad was very rude..

  5. My hope is for the gaffer to improve upon his manmagement skills.

    Someone was always going to get hurt, when the dust settles.

    1. Our no2 moved which left a void. Of course it could be argued that Turner was sufficiently good to take over if Ramsdale suffered a serious injury but it wouldn’t have been ideal.
      Martinez absolutely took his chance when Leno was sidelined and sadly from Ramsdale’s perspective he is currently in a similar situation except that Raya has yet to definitively prove he is up to it
      The conundrum is then who becomes the second choice if AR does leave

  6. What will it take for Ramsdale to get a look in, probably a disaster spell by Raya. Our defense looks stronger when they are all fit so that too will help Raya stay in between the sticks. Ramsdale will need to work on his catching and his long distribution so that Raya holds nothing over him

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