3. Is Arteta losing faith in Ramsdale?
Arsenal nor Arteta have lost faith in the goalkeeper they signed to a bumper new deal just two months ago. Ramsdale earned a contract extension until 2026 off the back of his work in 2022/23, and while he’s not been at his best in pre-season, it’s hard to believe that Arteta would turn his back on his number one so quickly.
However, Ramsdale still has some learning to do. While he’s evolved into one of the Premier League’s best since he usurped Bernd Leno between the sticks, there are holes in his game. He struggles in one-vs-one situations and when dealing with crosses, and there are consistency issues when it comes to both his shot-stopping and distribution.
Raya’s skill set is similar to Ramsdale’s and he certainly has the capacity to usurp Arsenal’s current number one. However, his arrival will undoubtedly ignite the fiery Englishman and perhaps take his game to another level.
We’re still some way off a deal being struck, but this situation is one to keep a close eye on in the coming days. This could move quickly if Arsenal reach an agreement with the Bees.