Mikel Arteta has made it clear he’s not willing to let Aaron Ramsdale leave in January, despite the fact the 25 year old has lost his place to David Raya, and is now facing questions over his inclusion in the England squad.
Earlier this week, Gareth Southgate spoke about his situation at Arsenal, saying, “We have to see how the situation develops. I have spoken to him about it.
“He is fighting for a place at Arsenal. We love his profile and the things he offers, among other things, in the game with the ball.
“But as a keeper, the reality is that if we get to March, and six months have passed without regular playing time, then I can’t make any guarantees. Aaron knows that well. He is completely realistic about it all.”
Considering Southgate continues to pick players Kalvin Phillips and Harry Maguire when not appearing for their clubs, as well as Jordan Henderson who is playing in a retirement league, it smacks of double-standards.
It’s not a topic that has come up between Arteta and Ramsdale, but with Euro 2024 on the horizon, it was put to the Arsenal manager that he might seek more playing time in order to push for his international place.
“Well, first of all my door is open to speak to any player, ” he said.
“We just want the best for our players and we know the influence that we can have, sometimes positively, sometimes not so positively towards them.
“We will always try to do our best to help them, but this is a team sport that needs 24 players that you have to fulfil a role.
“And the role that you have in August, it might be very different to the one you have in March.
“So making early decisions in my experience is not something good at all. And as well because the team has certain needs that have to be accomplished.
“In order to do that you cannot do it with 6, 10 or 14 players. It is impossible. So you need everyone and Aaron has a really important role in the team.
And when asked if he had a message for any clubs who might be considering a January move for Ramsdale, Arteta continued, “I have no message for any clubs. I can talk about my players, how much I like my players, how much I like Aaron, and that we want Aaron with us, that’s for sure.”
With Arsenal out of the EFL Cup, Ramsdale’s next action could be after the Interlull when we visit Brentford – and because of Raya’s loan move, he will be ineligible for that fixture.