Aaron Ramsdale forcing Edu to change Arsenal plans after overtaking Bernd Leno as No.1

Aaron Ramsdale was signed as the future goalkeeper but quickly he has usurped Bernd Leno and become Arsenal’s No 1, despite Edu’s long-term thinking at the Emirates

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Mikel Arteta after Arsenal’s victory against Leicester

When Arsenal signed Aaron Ramsdale it wasn’t for the here and now, it was for the future.

The Gunners finally convinced Sheffield United to sell up and captured the goalkeeper for £30m.

Bernd Leno was their No 1 and Ramsdale – one of several young players to arrive at the Emirates – was a long-term project, according to club chief Edu.

The likes of Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga were signed with the same plan in mind.

But just weeks into his Arsenal career, Ramsdale is between the posts – and he is clearly here to stay.

The goalkeeper had been relegated in successive seasons with Bournemouth and Sheffield United, so the critics were quick to fire following his unveiling.

Leno, whilst being prone to a mistake, had largely performed well for the north Londoners and there were no plans to make a change.

Aaron Ramsdale has become first choice at Arsenal

Edu told Sky Sports previously: “For the future of the team. What he wants to do is to balance that position and why do you bring him in?

“We already have one player there to play games with Bernd Leno. But, we have to bring someone in to help for the future.”

Now, it is Leno wondering what his future holds as Ramsdale goes from strength to strength.

The latter came in for his first Premier League appearance against Norwich City and has gone on to keep four clean sheets in seven games.

Not to mention he is yet to be on the losing side with the Gunners in a strong run of form.

Ramsdale produced perhaps his best showing last time out during the win over Leicester City.

An incredible save to deny James Maddison was crucial as the Gunners won 2-0, with Leno’s reaction on the bench particularly telling.

He looked far from happy with his future very much under in the air. He has 18 months left on his contract and has been linked with a return home.

Leno claims the decision to replace him with Ramsdale was not communicated to him, but Mikel Arteta insists no guarantees are given to players about playing time, irrespective of their years of service.

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The Spaniard said: “What we want to do is empower performance and ask them to train behave and play the best possible way. How can I guarantee somebody something?

“It wouldn’t make sense with what we are demanding them to do. So it is on a daily basis, what you did three months ago in football, it doesn’t count.

“So is what you’re going to do today and tomorrow, and that’s it.”

Arteta has proved he is willing to be ruthless with his decision making and changing his goalkeepers around is a call that is paying off.

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