Seaman Voices Concern Over Ramsdale’s Limited Role at Arsenal

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David Seaman, former Arsenal goalkeeper, has emphasized that Aaron Ramsdale’s skill set surpasses the requirements of being the Gunners’ backup goalkeeper, suggesting that Ramsdale’s abilities warrant a more prominent role within the team.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has expressed his belief that Aaron Ramsdale’s talent surpasses that of a second-choice goalkeeper for the Gunners.

Ramsdale, who commenced the Community Shield and the initial four Premier League fixtures, found his playing time reduced to two Carabao Cup appearances following David Raya’s loan arrival from Brentford.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is anticipated to reinstate Ramsdale to the starting lineup against the Bees this Saturday, adhering to Premier League regulations barring Raya from facing his parent club.

Seaman told BBC Radio Five Live: “If Aaron goes in at the weekend, then he’s left out for the next game, then we know who Mikel’s No1 is.

“It’s not good for Aaron. He’s a top-class goalkeeper, there’s no doubt about that.

“Aaron’s too good to be a No2, that is for sure.”

Seaman foresees Ramsdale’s limited playing time at Arsenal as potentially impacting his prospects of securing the position as England’s number one goalkeeper for the upcoming European Championship. However, Seaman does not anticipate a transfer for Ramsdale in the near future.

He added: “I think January will be a bit too soon [for a move away].

“It’s the game after this weekend, that’s where we will find a lot of answers.

“From what Mikel was saying when he brought Raya in, when he talked about rotating goalkeepers in games, which I still found a bit bizarre, we’ll have to wait and see after this game.”

Ramsdale’s father recently criticised Arteta for not telling his son why he has been dropped in favour of Raya.

Nick Ramsdale told The Highbury Corner podcast: “Aaron’s lost that smile at this moment in time and it is difficult.

“It really is difficult to see him there and we all keep saying ‘you need to keep smiling’.”

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