Last summer, it’s easy to say that Arsenal made a truly surprising decision in the transfer market, when they recruited David Raya from Brentford through a loan contract. In fact, Raya was on the Gunners’ radar a long time ago, but that was when Aaron Ramsdale had not arrived at the Emirates.
Therefore, many fans have questioned coach Mikel Arteta before the move for Raya, in the context that Aaron Ramsdale is still playing relatively stably. However, the decision has been made, and it seems that Ramsdale now only has the opportunity to participate in less important matches, such as the confrontation with West Ham United in the Carabao Cup early this morning.
“100%, that’s Ramsdale’s thinking, he’s thinking of leaving in January. The problem for goalkeepers is they rarely get injured. They’re not really going to have hamstring problems or calf – so when will Ramsdale get his chance?”, former striker Gabriel Agbonlahor shared with Football Insider.
“Since being included in the squad, Raya has played every match. Currently, Ramsdale knows that his career and opportunity to participate in EURO with England may depend on him leaving Arsenal in the winter transfer window.
“Sometimes, you have to accept that you are the number two choice. The coach won’t say it publicly, but Ramsdale is not stupid.”
Just like Agbonlahor commented, Ramsdale certainly will not accept his fate and accept sitting on the bench at the Emirates, because that also means that his dream of starting for England at EURO 2024 will disappear. Therefore, it is almost certain that Ramsdale will look to leave the Emirates in January if the situation does not improve soon, and obviously, there will be no shortage of destinations for him to choose from.
Many sources confirm that Chelsea is not satisfied with Robert Sanchez’s recent performances and is currently considering the decision to recruit Ramsdale right in the winter transfer window. However, Arsenal wants to wait until the summer to make a final decision for the English star. Faced with the current situation, It can be said that a loan contract will be the best solution for all parties.
Of course, Ramsdale’s playing opportunities will increase significantly after moving to Stamford Bridge, but there is no guarantee that he will shine. Therefore, Chelsea will avoid risks if they just ask to borrow Ramsdale instead of paying Arsenal a huge fee. Meanwhile, the Gunners can also make a final decision for Ramsdale in the summer, when he returns to the Emirates after ending his loan contract with the Blues.
Overall, Arsenal is unlikely to receive any benefit from Ramsdale’s departure in the winter, but retaining a player who intends to leave is not a reasonable solution.
Huynh Phong | 22:23 November 2, 2023