Well that was reasonably fast. Less than 24 hours after it regarded like Sheffield United’s keeper Aaron Ramsdale was headed towards the Emirates, it now appears to be like just like the switch might be useless within the water, with studies citing an lack of ability for the golf equipment to agree on a valuation for the homegrown shot stopper.
In all honesty, this might be a blessing in disguise. Despite Arsenal’s want for a backup to Bernd Leno, Sheffield’s asking worth, which was within the neighborhood of £30m, was shockingly excessive for a keeper of Ramsdale’s caliber. With way more urgent wants to deal with, a again up keeper shouldn’t be the highest precedence, and it might have bordered on criminally negligent for Arsenal to speculate £30m for a keeper who doesn’t current an actual menace to push to Bernd Leno, particularly a season after promoting Emi Martinez (you realize, the man who has turn out to be a high keeper within the PL and likewise would have counted as house grown) for the same sum.
In our goalkeeper preview for the season, we checked out Arsenal’s keeper scenario, and, boy, is it bleak. The sentiment that the Gunners are in dire want of a reliable backup is an understatement. The gulf between Leno and backups Alex Runarsson and Academy grad Alex Okonkwo is Atlantic Ocean large. The mortgage of Matt Ryan from Brighton final season appeared to shore up the hole effectively, however his transfer to Real Sociedad has shut that door for good.
Arsenal have proven extra mettle this window with regard to being taken benefit of, first with Roma’s try to lowball Granit Xhaka, and now with Sheffield’s try to bilk the membership for a mean keeper. I’m no enterprise man, however this looks as if an excellent first step towards being a reliable membership, transfer-wise. However, the grains of sand within the switch window hour glass are dwindling, which implies Arsenal are taking a look at both compromising on high quality or worth the longer they wait. Rock, meet exhausting place. Stay tuned as we’ll replace the scenario as occasions unfold.