Ex-manager: Ramsdale 'won't be happy' at Arsenal after Arteta masterplan reported
Aaron Ramsdale will not be happy with Mikel Arteta’s goalkeeping plan at Arsenal.
So says ex-Rangers boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the manager’s selection headache between the sticks.
Journalist Christian Falk tweeted on 15 September that Arteta planned to give fellow goalkeeper Bernd Leno a two-match break.
Summer signing Ramsdale started the Gunners’ last match, the 1-0 win over Norwich City at the Emirates last Saturday.
That would mean Leno will likely start the North London derby on 26 September regardless of how Ramsdale performs in the meantime.
Leno has conceded nine goals in his three matches this season, while Ramsdale has kept two clean sheets in his first two starts.
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And McLeish insists that the 23-year-old will be disgruntled that Arteta appears to make his decision based on rotation rather than merit.
“I had a couple of great goalkeepers at Rangers,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“If one makes a mistake, you have to give them another chance because they are top goalkeepers. You can’t just react and keep changing the keeper.
“It will be interesting to see what happens because Ramsdale won’t be happy if he’s put in a couple of great performances.
“Looking at it from Leno’s side of things, that might indicate that Leno is his ultimate first choice.“
Ramsdale signed from Sheffield United over the summer in a reported £30million switch.
Arsenal paid £19m for German shot-stopper Leno, 29, in June 2018.