Aaron Ramsdale experienced an embarrassing level of abuse from so-called Arsenal supporters online who targeted the player when news emerged of his possible move to the club.
Since arriving at Arsenal, the now senior England international has done nothing but prove how wrong the cowardly online abusers had been.
There were not many that could see Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu looking to sign a goalkeeper last summer who had the potential to replace Bernd Leno. What looked in hindsight to be a mistake selling Emi Martinez, potentially led to theories that they would double down and back Leno. Instead, the reality was quite the opposite.
Therefore, when Edu considers the positions which are in need of reinforcement, the Ramsdale example will help him and Arteta refine their search when considering potential targets.
Since arriving from Atletico Madrid, Thomas Partey has been plagued by injury affecting his capacity to show the Arsenal faithful what he is capable of. Considered amongst the world’s best central midfielders, the signing of Partey was considered quite a coup for a club out of the Champions League.
Sambi Lokonga arrived in 2021 and has surprised everyone with his commanding and confident displays despite being just 21 when he signed.
Despite both being quality midfielders and the presence of Granit Xhaka returning from injury, Ramsdale’s example should mean Edu does not look to work around any existing starters.
Should Arsenal want to return to the European elite, if there is the opportunity to bring in a player that benches either of the aforementioned midfielders the Gunners must take it.
The summer saw players such as Ruben Neves, Yves Bissouma and Bruno Guimaraes linked. All three have their own qualities and arguments can be made that they all would have started over Lokonga at the beginning of the season.
However, the Belgian has been better than the trio of reportedly targeted players. Wyscout states that Lokonga’s total action success rate (75%) is higher than Guimaraes (73.5%) Bissouma (72.7%) and Neves (69.6%).
Edu will need to shift quality brackets to find the players to improve upon what is already there and look to compete with the likes of Lokonga.
Securing the signing of Aaron Ramsdale could prove to be the moment where Arsenal finally became far more ruthless with their squad building.
Signings like Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny, Willian and plenty more that never progressed the positions in which they were signed could be a thing of the past.
The depth of the squad can be improved by promotion from the exciting pool of youth coming through. Those in and around the starting eleven must be reinforced with quality that looks to compete with and usurp them.
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