September 19, 2021

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“Why Arsenal are buying Ramsdale for £30m” – Arteta

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Mikel Arteta says Arsenal identified Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as the “ideal option” to provide competition for Bernd Leno.

It has been widely reported that an initial fee of £24m has been agreed between the two clubs with that figure rising to £30m with potential add-ons.

Ramsdale was left out of the Blades’ 4-0 defeat to West Brom at the Hawthorns on Wednesday night with his replacement, Michael Verrips making a couple of costly mistakes.

There has been a lot of negativity around the potential signing from the Arsenal fanbase with unease at the price tag for a goalkeeper who is set to act as back-up for Leno.

On Ramsdale’s imminent arrival, Arteta said on Friday morning: “It’s what we want, it’s always been the case a this club, we will have two different profiles and two different stages in their career. Aaron [Ramsdale] is a talented young keeper with huge experience and has international experience for England.

“He will bring competition and that’s what we want to create – healthy competition, quality competition in every position. We identified Aaron as the ideal option.”

On recovering from their opening day defeat to Brentford, Arteta added: “After a defeat the best way to put things away is to win football matches – when you win you create a different energy and environment. Our focus is to get the best possible performance and then the result will be a consequence to that.

“I think I have had bigger challenges since being here in the last 18 months. There’s a lot of things that have happened.”

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