Aaron Ramsdale Latest: Keeper’s father admits son is extremely unhappy at Arsenal
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s father has admitted his son is unhappy at the North London club after losing his starting spot to David Raya.
The 25-year-old English goalkeeper started the first four Premier League games for Arsenal this season but was replaced by Raya who joined the club on loan, with a view to a permanent move, towards the end of the summer transfer window.
In an interview with The Highbury Squad Podcast Nick Ramsdale, Aaron’s father, said “Aaron’s lost that smile that he showed when he was holding on to that ball,”
“It is difficult. It really is difficult to see him there and we all keep saying you need to keep smiling.”
Ramsdale played in all of the Gunners’ 38 league games last season as they finished second in the Premier League.
He was immediately rewarded for his valiant efforts at the club with a new contract in May but has since been usurped by Raya who moved from Brentford last summer.
So far, Raya has been unconvincing in his performances since taking over from Ramsdale but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has stuck with the 28-year-old despite saying he had no guaranteed starter in any position back in August.
Arteta has also warned Ramsdale not to make any rush decision over his future after falling out of favour.
Ramsdale’s last Premier League outing was in Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Manchester United on 3 September, and he has since been limited to two Carabao Cup appearances — with the Gunners bowing out of the competition courtesy of a 3-1 away defeat to West Ham.
Ramsdale’s dad added, “It’s possibly the way it’s been done. Not knowing the reason why, and this is me because we don’t know why,”
“Again, Aaron is working as hard as he can. He’s trying to do his best for the squad. He’s upbeat and he’ll do everything for Arsenal to try to win the league.
“It is me talking personally. I’m probably saying too much but Aaron is going to be the cup goalkeeper, and David Raya is going to be the main man unless something happens, an injury or a sending-off.
“Aaron’s got to live with that and he is living with that even though he’s not been told it. By anybody.”
Former Arsenal player Gael Clichy suggested that Aaron Ramsdale may have lost his first-team spot at the club due to his behaviour involving the opposition fans behind his goal during games.
Last season, the shotstopper garnered attention for engaging with opposing supporters, and this received both praise and criticism from various quarters.
While there is no doubt about Ramsdale’s goalkeeping ability, Mikel Arteta may not have been entirely pleased with his actions or antics, contributing to his reduced role in the first team.
Meanwhile, England boss Gareth Southgate has told Ramsdale he cannot promise him a Euro 2024 place if he stays on the bench.