Robinson: Arteta has 'created big problem' at Arsenal after Leno outburst
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has “created a problem for himself” with the signing of Aaron Ramsdale, according to Paul Robinson.
The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said goalkeepers would rather know their place in the pecking order than be fighting for their place each week.
Ramsdale, 23, started his second consecutive league game yesterday at the expense of Bernd Leno as Arsenal beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.
According to Football.London (September 15th), Leno cast a frustrated figure last week and was spotted ‘yelling furiously towards the coaching staff’ in training.
Robinson understands the Germany international’s frustrations.
“He will get angry because his mental state is not right,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs. “His head is not in the right place.
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“It is difficult as a goalkeeper when you are in and out of the side. Goalkeepers like to know if they are number one or number two. When there is a pecking order and you are told where you are in the pecking order you can accept it. You do not want to be fighting for your place every week.
“I cannot understand the signing of Ramsdale. He’s not any better than Leno.
“I think Arteta has just created a big problem for himself. He now has two goalkeepers of similar ability who both want to play.
“Ramsdale is talented but he makes a lot of errors that lead to goals.
“If Arteta wanted to replace Leno he should have gone out and signed a top-class goalkeeper. What he’s bought is not better than what he’s got.”