Aaron Ramsdale says he is in no mood to give up his place in the Arsenal team after keeping his second clean sheet in two games.
Ramsdale, an initial £24m signing from Sheffield United last month, could see his fee rise by another £6m in add-ons. And the 23-year-old is already on the way to meeting some of those add-ons after starting his first Premier League game.
Ramsdale had already produced one shutout in the Carabao Cup win over West Brom, but had found himself on the bench in the league. Mikel Arteta though handed him a chance against Norwich and the England man did not disappoint with an assured display.
The Chesterton-born keeper scored a 6/1o in the Evening Standard’s ratings on a quiet afternoon. They noted he “looked calm on the ball and he played out from the back well”.
Arseblog gave Ramsdale a 7/1o given his clean sheet on his full debut.
And Ramsdale has no plans to return to the bench and has warned under-pressure Leno that he will fight to be the undisputed No.1.
Ramsdale said: “I don’t know what the manager is going to do.
“This might have just been a tactical tweak so it is my responsibility to force him to carry on picking me, which is something I have to do on a daily basis.
“Me and Bernd will be very competitive in a good, healthy way, and hopefully I can stay in the team.
“You have got to be ready to play as a goalkeeper. You don’t know when anything is going to happen. I’m ready every week.
“It could have been in a few months’ time but it has happened now.
“We have got to continue the competitiveness on the training ground and I’ve got to try and stay in the team and help them. There is a lot to carry on going and we will see where it takes us this season.”
Arteta hails Ramsdale
Ramsdale certainly got Arteta’s vote of confidence afterwards.
“I think he was terrific,” said Arteta. “It’s not only what he did on the technical side, it’s what he transmits, his energy, his chemistry with the backline, how he reacts, his body language – I think he was top.
“We have two fantastic goalkeepers. Never forget what Bernd has done for us and what a good goalkeeper he is.
“I had to make a decision and today I believed Aaron was the right one to do so, like in any other position we have to decide and that’s what we decided today.
“I want to see how they perform. Now we need performances and we need to win football matches.
“Whoever gives the better performances, transmits better things and is more reliable is going to play.”
Leno future in the spotlight
Arteta’s decision to hand Ramsdale the No.1 jersey will place Leno in the spotlight.
Football.london have claimed that Leno is desperate to play regular European football.
The Germany goalkeeper denied he was looking to move on earlier in the summer, but it’s believed if a suitable offer is lodged for the 29-year-old in January then Arsenal would allow him to move on.
“I don’t want to flee here, I feel good and want to be successful again with Arsenal! Arsenal are a big club, which is extremely underestimated in Germany, there are many Arsenal fans all over the world,” he told Sport 1 in May.
“I still have a two-year contract and hope to play in the Champions League again with Arsenal.”