Mikel Arteta hints he will keep Aaron Ramsdale as Arsenal’s No 1 over Bernd Leno after his impressive debut against Norwich… with the manager insisting he will pick ‘whoever is more reliable’
- Aaron Ramsdale is set to keep his place as Arsenal’s No 1 goalkeeper
- The 23-year-old was impressive in his league debut against Norwich
- Bernd Leno has been the Gunners’ long-term first-choice shot-stopper
- But Mikel Arteta hinted Ramsdale has done enough to keep his place
Mikel Arteta hinted he will stick with Aaron Ramsdale as Arsenal’s No 1 after the £30million man’s impressive league debut on Saturday.
Ramsdale, who joined the Gunners from Sheffield United last month, kept Arsenal’s first clean sheet of the season in their 1-0 win over Norwich.
The 23-year-old’s performance casts doubt over long-term first-choice keeper Bernd Leno’s position at the Emirates, with Ramsdale now set to keep his place in the team.
Mikel Arteta hinted he will stick with Aaron Ramsdale as Arsenal’s No 1 after the £30million man’s impressive league debut
‘He was terrific, not only what he did on the technical side but what he transmits, his chemistry with the back line, his body language. It was top,’ said Arteta.
‘We have two fantastic keepers, I had to make a decision today and it was the right one.
‘I want to see how they perform, we need performances. Whoever is more reliable is going to play.’
The Gunners’ boss said Ramsdale was terrific and transmitted chemistry with his defenders
Ramsdale’s performance casts doubt over long-term first-choice keeper Bernd Leno’s position at the Emirates
Having lost their three opening league games of the season, the win over Norwich came as a huge relief to Arteta.
He added: ‘I must say it’s been the best 10-15 days I’ve had since I’ve been in football. I’m not saying they were the easiest, but probably the best.
‘You have to find a purpose for why you do what you do. It all made sense over the last week.
‘It’s about the relationships we have here, the level of trust and the connections emotionally. Yes, you have to win matches, but it was an absolute joy to watch.
‘I had doubts, I had question marks. But the club has been extremely open with what we are trying to do.’