As a club that has regularly missed out on the UEFA Champions League since Arsene Wenger reached the end of his tenure, funds are typically tight at Arsenal. However, that has not stopped the Gunners from spending large sums of money in the post-Wenger era. Huge sums of cash have been spent on the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Ben White, Martin Ødegaard, and others. Often, the return for the fees has been questionable at best. However, the North London giants look set to complete another big deal this summer – this time for a young prospect keeper.
Various sources have reported that Arsenal are set to complete a deal for Aaron Ramsdale. The former Bournemouth keeper joined Sheffield United as a replacement for Dean Henderson. However, his own poor form was not enough to keep the Blades in the Premier League as they succumbed to a very poor season overall. Now, they look set to see some of their big investments depart, with Ramsdale chief among the players moving on.
The deal is expected to be an initial fee of £24m, with the fee rising to £30m if Ramsdale manages to land the top starting spot. Given the club already have the likes of Bernd Leno on the books, though, they might need to find an exit for their current No. 1 to justify such an outlay.
The player looks set to arrive, with Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta discussing the arrival in a recent press conference.
What did Mikel Arteta say about Aaron Ramsdale?
Set to arrive from the Championship club, Arteta was rightly pleased with the deal. In a press conference, he spoke of the likely arrival by saying: “Aaron is a really talented young goalkeeper with already huge experience and an international for England, and he’s going to bring competition, which is what we want, to create healthy competition, quality competition in every position. We needed a goalkeeper there and he’s the ideal option.
“Give him some time. I think they’re [Arsenal fans] going to love his personality, his character, the quality that he has as a goalkeeper and what he’s going to offer. I think he’s a young goalkeeper, but he has got huge, huge potential.”
While some fans might worry about the underlying numbers behind Ramsdale, it is key to remember his age. Goalkeepers who play on a regular basis at that age are pretty rare, never mind those who play for their countries. Despite a poor season personally with United, it would be fair to say that the Blades were poor as a team. Could Ramsdale be more solid in a new look Arsenal side?
With compatriot Ben White in front of him as well as a host of other younger defenders, including Gabriel, it is likely that Arsenal will need to be patient. If given the time and opportunity to play regularly, though, Ramsale could become the clubs long-term No.1 keeper in the years to come.