The father of Aaron Ramsdale, the former Arsenal goalkeeper who lost his position to David Raya says that his son “has lost his smile” after losing his spot.
Ramsdale played the first four Premier League matches for Arsenal in this season, but has been replaced since by Raya.
Gareth Southgate told Ramsdale that he could not guarantee him a place at Euro 2024 if he stayed on the bench.
Nick Ramsdale said on The Highbury Squad Podcast that Aaron has lost the smile he displayed when he held onto that ball.
It is hard. “It is really difficult for us to watch him and say ‘keep smiling’. “
Ramsdale played all 38 games of Arsenal’s league matches last year, as the Gunners finished in second place in Premier League.
Raya has usurped him since Raya joined Arsenal for a year-long loan, with an eye to making a permanent transfer from Brentford this summer.
Ramsdale has only played in two Carabao Cup matches since his last appearance against Manchester United.
Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, has stuck by Raya despite his unconvincing performances.
Ramsdale has been warned by Arteta to not rush into making a decision about his future, after losing favour.
It’s possible that’s how it was done. “We don’t understand why and I am the one who is responsible for this,” said Ramsdales father.
Aaron works as hard as possible. Aaron is trying his hardest to help the team. He is upbeat, and will do his best to help Arsenal win the championship.
It is I who am speaking. Aaron will be the Cup goalkeeper and David Raya the primary man, unless there is an accident or dismissal.
Aaron has to accept that. He does so, even though it was not told him. Anyone. “