This season Aaron Ramsdale has lost his place as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper to new signing David Raya, however he’s set to get another chance to impress Mikel Arteta this weekend, after the international break.
Since signing for Arsenal in the summer of 2021, Aaron Ramsdale quickly displaced Bernd Leno of the number one shirt and has been a constant starter in the Premier League for the Gunners ever since. However that changed just over a month ago, away at Goodison Park, when David Raya started his first game for Mikel Arteta as Ramsdale dropped to the bench.
The England international started Arsenal’s first four Premier League games this season, but hasn’t started in the competition since then. David Raya has started the last eight in the league, as well as all four games in the Champions League group stage.
The 25-year-old is yet to make his UCL debut, despite being a big reason why the Gunners find themselves back in Europe’s elite competition for the first time in seven years.
It leaves Ramsdale’s future at the club in major doubt, with speculation growing ahead of the January transfer window. However that could all change with one top performance against Brentford on Saturday.
David Raya joined the Gunners in the summer from Brentford on an initial one-year loan deal with an option to buy come the end of the 2023/24 campaign. This means the Spanish shot stopper cannot play against his parent club, which presents Aaron Ramsdale the opportunity to show why he’s good enough to be Arsenal’s main keeper once again in the Premier League this weekend.
Aaron Ramsdale last featured for Arsenal in the Carabao Cup defeat away at West Ham earlier this month. The Gunners lost the game 3-1 and the England international will know he needs to put on a much better display on Saturday if he wants to remain Arsenal’s Premier League keeper going forward.
It’s a big game for Mikel Arteta’s side who currently sit one point behind Manchester City and Liverpool in third place. However the two play each other on Saturday, meaning Arsenal could have the chance to go top with a win over Brentford in the evening kick-off.
The pressure is on, but Aaron Ramsdale has dealt with pressure all of his career. This is just another moment he needs to come through and deliver in while playing on the biggest stage. He’s done it for Arsenal in the past when everyone has doubted him, he can do it again on Saturday.