Aaron Ramsdale Sends Warning to David Raya Following Arsenal’s £30m Acquisition of Brentford Keeper
Aaron Ramsdale of Brentford has stated his status as Arsenal’s starting goalkeeper, despite the arrival of David Raya from Brentford.
Aaron Ramsdale is prepared to compete for his position at Arsenal, but he maintains that the goalkeeping union will prevail.
Mikel Arteta questioned the England international about the bolstering of all positions before the confirmation of David Raya’s transfer from Brentford for approximately £30 million.
The 25-year-old played in all 38 Premier League games last season, enabling the Gunners return to the Champions League, but he is aware that his starting position is never secure.
When queried by ITV about a possible goalkeeper addition at Arsenal, Ramsdale responded,
“Nothing comes easy in football. But also at the same time time you need to move along and need to adapt as well in yourself.
“I’ve done it to other people when I’ve moved to clubs so I’m not going to be thinking that it’s never going to happen to me.
“I think if it happens, it happens and then we’ll fight and we’ll make each other the best version of ourselves because that is what the manager is telling us as well.
“I’m sure whoever plays, me, Matt or whoever comes in, the goalkeeping union, which people will laugh at, is a real thing at the individual disappointment will go away and you put the team first and that goalkeeper first as well.”
Raya was eager to find a new challenge after guiding Thomas Frank’s squad to ninth place in the table and within two points of European qualifying.
The Spain international could be confident of displacing Ramsdale due to his consistent play since departing Blackburn in early 2019.
Arsenal began the season with a penalty shootout victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield final before their Premier League opener.
Saturday morning’s early kickoff features Arsenal versus Nottingham Forest, with the Gunners aiming to improve on their previous second-place finish.
Arteta said after their recent trophy lift: “It was incredible, obviously in an empty stadium it feels good, but just seeing the happiness in their faces, how they were interacting and connecting with the players is just great.”