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Arteta lifts the lid on his ‘difficult’ Ramsdale decision for Arsenal

Mikel Arteta at Arsenal
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Aaron Ramsdale has been on the bench for Arsenal’s last two games in favor of David Raya. Has he lost his spot, and how is he handling it? Arteta reveals all.

Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, finds himself grappling with a challenging decision ahead of Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham.

The dilemma centers around who will be in goal, Aaron Ramsdale or David Raya? Arteta insists he has not decided who will start between the posts yet.

Raya, Arsenal’s loan signing from Brentford, got the nod in the last two games. The Spaniard’s inclusion has left Ramsdale benched. The England international has been Arsenal’s first-choice for the past three years. Yet, he now finds his future clouded in speculation following the recent turn of events.

“Maybe I look [comfortable] but in your tummy when you have players sitting and you have to announce the line-up, it is one of the hardest things,” Arteta said during a press conference on Friday.

“It’s very difficult with every player, and I suffer and care about every player who is not playing. But this is the competition and it is my job to make decisions in the best possible way for the team.”

Despite being left out, Ramsdale has demonstrated a positive attitude and supportiveness.

“He’s been very supportive, he’s been really good around the place,” Arteta revealed.

“That’s what I expect from every single player because when you are on the field there is someone else who is not. So it goes both ways and so far he’s been really really good.”