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£35m transfer, Chelsea bid, surprise Newcastle loan - Aaron Ramsdale Arsenal future decided

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale
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Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale may be tempted to weigh up his options this summer after a difficult campaign at the Emirates Stadium.

As soon as David Raya arrived on loan from Brentford, it appeared Ramsdale's time in North London was nearing its conclusion. Despite Mikel Arteta's protestations that he had two No.1s on his books, the playing time skewed towards Raya and the England international has spent most of the campaign watching on from the sidelines.

As we enter the summer transfer window, Ramsdale will be considering the options that are on the table for him. With this in mind, football.london has asked its writers to give their thoughts on the goalkeeper's future.

Jack Flintham

The worst-case scenario for all parties would be if Ramsdale remained a benchwarmer next season. It is nobody's fault that the goalkeeper has ended up being second fiddle this season.

Arteta is within his rights to strengthen his squad while Ramsdale was correct to remain at the club and try to win his place back. What would be unforgivable now is if he remains somewhere that he is not wanted as first choice.

Ramsdale has the quality to be a starting goalkeeper in the Premier League and Arsenal could command a decent fee. Perhaps a loan move could also be considered to a La Liga or Bundesliga club to give the 'keeper the minutes he deserves.

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The right loan would work for all involved especially if it boosted his asking price in January or next summer.

Tom Coley

Arsenal made their brutal call to isolate Ramsdale last season and from there on it never looked likely to last. To an extent, he has served his purpose.

By helping steer them towards stability and a title challenge he has boosted the standing of Arteta's team whilst being a ball-playing 'keeper. He is great to have around the place and brings an infectious character.

However, regardless of what Arteta says, Ramsdale is not going to get the minutes he deserves and needs at this stage of his career. There is enough uncertainty in the England camp moving forward as Jordan Pickford enters his 30s for Ramsdale to make a play for the No.1 spot.

Given his age there is a reasonable chance that Arsenal can get around £30million for him on a permanent deal. Chelsea have been touted as possible suitors in the past and Newcastle have questions over the ability of Nick Pope to play with his feet. There will be options for Ramsdale, he just has to be brave enough to take them.

Amie Wilson

Keeping a player who is not happy is never an ideal scenario for a club and this could be the case with Aaron Ramsdale at Arsenal next season if he is not sold in the summer. It can be argued that the decision to drop him to second choice behind David Raya was a brutal one by Mikel Arteta, but it was justified by Raya’s performances.

That’s not to say that Ramsdale did anything wrong when he was first choice the previous season. This is where the dilemma for Arsenal comes in.

While the club want a reliable backup to their first-choice goalkeeper, Ramsdale is too good to be sitting on the bench week in week out. The player himself is likely to want a move in search of more regular game time.

And that’s something Arsenal should grant him, but on one condition, that they get a replacement in. The Gunners have been linked with an interest in Feyenoord’s Justin Bijlow, suggesting that that’s the plan.

Isaac Johnson

Ramsdale surely has to move on for the sake of his own career. Mikel Arteta failed to stick to his insistence that he and David Raya were both rotational and that alone gives the goalkeeper the right of leave.

What the England international must stomach, though, is that a transfer to a top six club is unlikely. Even Djordje Petrovic of Chelsea has been consistent and is unlikely to be dropped for Ramsdale, who also would also have Robert Sanchez as competition.

In fact, perhaps the next high-finishing Premier League club he can move to is West Ham, where he would be welcomed and is a transfer that allows him to stay in London. Maybe a move abroad will whet the appetite.

Kudos to Ramsdale if he wishes to fight for his place at Arsenal, but it seems a risky ploy. After all, he does not come across as a character that likes to be benched and Arteta has stuck with Raya despite a number of early mistakes. Ramsdale is too good to be a bench player and must seek an exit - he’s now 26 and edging towards the prime of his career.

Tom Canton - Football Writer

This is a really simple one and the sale of Aaron Ramsdale has been coming for some time. He wants it, the club will be open to it and he is of a level which should mean other clubs want it to. The player himself is conscious of making the right step and although any move is likely to take him down the Premier League table should he stay in England, having rejected an approach earlier in the season, football.london understands, a top-half side is preferred.

The issue being of course that most sides in the top half of the table are relatively set on their starting goalkeeper. Newcastle and Chelsea meanwhile appear to be two options for Ramsdale but only if they meet the club’s asking price which will be more than the initial £24million they paid in 2021 after the England international signed a new deal only last year.

Some fans feel sorry for Ramsdale and even have criticised Arsenal for their treatment of the player. Although I think some aspects could have been handled better – giving him the Champions League group stage games for example – ultimately the club have acted ruthlessly and improved a position by bringing in a better goalkeeper in David Raya.

Isaac Seelochan

It appears extremely unlikely that Ramsdale will ever be first choice at Arsenal again. David Raya is likely to stay and there is no indication that he will be displaced at the Gunners.

The former Bournemouth keeper was shakey when called upon by Arteta with his howler against Brentford when Raya was ineligible to play, indicating that he has lost some confidence. At 26, the England international needs game time and should have options in the Premier League and possibly abroad.

Ramsdale cannot afford another campaign on the bench. He would be a good backup to Raya but he still has plenty to offer as a first choice shot-stopper at a club lower down the league.

Josh Holland

The writing has been on the wall for Ramsdale at Arsenal for some time. David Raya's arrival never really convinced me and despite him winning the Golden Glove, I'm still not entirely sold.

However, Arteta loves him and it's clear he will be the number one. Ramsdale's occasional mistake last season didn't help his case but he's still a top goalkeeper who is more than good enough to play in the Premier League.

One move that I think we should keep an eye on is Chelsea. Enzo Maresca's imminent arrival is likely to see a new goalkeeper signed at Stamford Bridge, preferably one who likes the ball at his feet and who can join the defensive line to build up play.