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Premier League club 'make official approach' for Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale

Chris Byfield

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Premier League club 'make official approach' for Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale

A Premier League club have made an official approach for Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale, it has been claimed.

According to Football.London, an approach from an unnamed bottom-half Premier League side to sign Ramsdale has been rejected.

The England international made a return to the Gunners starting XI in the club's 1-0 win over Brentford this weekend.

Ramsdale's future at the Emirates has been uncertain since the arrival of David Raya on loan.

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The Spaniard, who was ineligible to play against his parent club on Saturday, has displaced Ramsdale in Arteta's Premier League side since the Gunners 1-0 win over Everton on September 17.

While Ramsdale has been linked with a move away from the Emirates in January, Football.London claim Arsenal do not want to lose the England shot-stopper.

The publication added that any potential transfer from Arsenal would need to be something which takes his career forward.

Such ambition perhaps stands as an explanation behind the reported approach being turned down.

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Earlier this month, Ramsdale's father Nick criticised the manner in which Arteta dropped his son in September, insisting that the 25-year-old had no idea he would be replaced as first-choice when Raya arrived in north London.

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In an interview with the Highbury Squad podcast, Ramsdale Senior said: "We did not have a clue. I didn't have a clue, our family didn't have a clue, Aaron didn't have a clue that he was not going to carry on playing. All of a sudden, he's not been played.

"You just have to look at it personally and I'm probably saying too much but: Aaron is going to be the cup goalkeeper, and David Raya is going to be the main man unless something happens, an injury or a sending-off. And Aaron's got to live with that and he is living with that even though he's not been told it. By anybody.

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"Squads evolve all the time, nobody is going to be there forever. David Raya has not pulled up trees so far, let's say he's not going to. Even though the way it's been done, in my eyes, it's been wrong.

"Aaron lost that smile. And it's difficult to see him there. We all keep saying: 'you need to keep smiling'. And at the moment in time, we haven't got that smile in him.

"David Raya is a great goalkeeper and it's not his fault. He's just come in as a goalkeeper. It's just like when Aaron came in and Bernd Leno was there. Aaron says Raya is a lovely guy and he works hard with him. Aaron is trying to help in as much as he can to settle in with the squad. It's possibly the way it's been done, not knowing the reason why.

"My only problem is when I spoke to Mr Arteta on the phone before he signed Aaron, he said he wanted Aaron. But now David Raya is back on the market and he had David Raya."

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Football, Arsenal, Aaron Ramsdale, Transfers, Premier League

Chris Byfield
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