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Mikel wants to keep unsettled Ramsdale as an Arsenal work of Art
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Mark Mann-Bryans
Press Association
Aaron Ramsdale has lost his place in the starting XI to David Raya
Aaron Ramsdale has lost his place in the starting XI to David Raya

Mikel Arteta wants to keep Aaron Ramsdale but has refused to rule out the England goalkeeper leaving Arsenal in January. 

Ramsdale, 25, lost his position as Arteta's first-choice stopper earlier this season following David Raya's loan switch from Brentford. 

Since September 3, he has made just three appearances — two of which came in the Carabao Cup, with his one Premier League game in that time due to Raya being ineligible against the Bees. 

With his place at Euro 2024 in the balance as he continues to warm the bench at the Emirates, Ramsdale's future is seemingly up in the air. 

Asked if he would be open to selling the former Sheffield United star, Arteta said: "I want Aaron with us. 

"I am very happy to have two very, very good goalkeepers and Aaron is staying with us. 

"We want to be better, so we want to add to what we already have. That's the intention we have."

Pushed on whether he would categorically rule out a January switch for Ramsdale, the Spaniard added: "I won't do that to any player. Any player. 

"I cannot tell you any Arsenal player is not going to leave in January, or he is to stay here for the next three years. 

"I won't say that no player is going to go to Newcastle, or no member of the staff. I won't say it. If you say yes or no, I won't say it. 

"I cannot guarantee that nobody is going to be leaving in January."


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