The introduction of Aaron Ramsdale has been a huge positive for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s men have reeled off three wins in a row – including two clean sheets from his first two starts
Aaron Ramsdale has seemingly cemented his place as Arsenal’s no.1 keeper as he was given the nod on derby day.
The Gunners sealed a brilliant 3-1 victory against Tottenham as they continue their upward trajectory following a poor start to the season.
The introduction of Ramsdale has been a huge positive for Mikel Arteta’s men as they have reeled off three wins in a row – including two clean sheets from his first two Premier League starts.
Arteta has refused to confirm if he has taken the no.1 jersey off Bernd Leno, who played in Arsenal’s opening three league games, but the decision to start him in a crucial north London derby suggests otherwise.
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And that call has dispelled any theories that the Spaniard was going to rotate the two throughout the campaign.
Reports suggested that Ramsdale wasn’t necessarily the new Arsenal no.1 despite the fact Leno was dropped and that the German would retain his place in the side for the clash against Spurs.
Arteta dismissed that notion ahead of the Burnley match, saying: “I don’t know where they are coming from but they are ahead of me! I think I am the one who picks the team at the weekend and sometimes I read things that I haven’t decided yet.
“They give me ideas at the most but nothing else because I haven’t made a decision on my team for Saturday or imagine for the north London Derby.”
And the decision to stick with Ramsdale indicates that Arteta did not make any promise to the 29-year-old about returning to the line-up.
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Arteta also revealed how Leno reacted to his decision to drop him as he insists the competition for the no.1 jersey is healthy.
He said: “It’s the same in every position. We want them to make each other better. We are competing against the opponent, we are not competing against each other here.
“We are just trying to bring players that can raise the level of the player that is playing the position, the level of the team, the level of the club. This is the only reason.
“Obviously for Bernd it wasn’t a pleasing communication when I told him that he wasn’t playing. But he’s a top professional and a top person.
“He should be disappointed and he should support his teammates like they all have with him every time he’s played. That’s exactly what he’s done.”
Leno is clearly pushing for an immediate return to the line-up, however, as he appeared to let his frustrations boil over in a 11v11 training game ahead of the clash at Turf Moor.
He could be seen shouting towards the coaching staff for not giving a free kick on Nicolas Pepe in the build-up to a goal from Folarin Balogun.