Despite a number of well-publicized gaffes, the summer acquisition from Brentford overtook the England international early in the season, and it seems that his manager is still fully behind him.
Since Raya’s promotion, Ramsdale has only been able to play in the Carabao Cup, and he has acknowledged that he has begun to worry about his prospects of being selected for the Three Lions team that will compete in Euro 2024.
The dad of the former Sheffield United and Bournemouth player, who accused Arteta of mismanaging the situation with his goalkeepers, did not exactly help his cause last week in an interview.
Raya’s loan agreement prevents him from playing for his original club Brentford, so Ramsdale will have a unique chance to shine in goal this afternoon. Despite the criticism he and Arteta have received, Raya will be rooting for his teammate to succeed.
Raya responded to the Daily Mail, “Everyone has their opinion,” about the ongoing discussions on who ought to be Arsenal’s starting striker.
Permit them to argue if they so choose. Aaron and I get along well, and we both want to see the team succeed. Ultimately, the manager makes the decision about who plays.
“Aaron, and any player who is playing less than he wanted, there are many unfortunately in a dressing room of 24 players; their behavior that we demand and we expect is to constantly challenge and make each other better,” Arteta said in response to a direct question regarding Ramsdale Snr.’s remarks made during his pre-match press conference.
“Always have a purpose and the capacity to overcome obstacles. Play and demonstrate with facts that you must play, and you must play more. Consider how wrong I am. When the time comes, consider how I can assist the team.”