Jens Lehmann Questions Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal Call, Dubs It Unnecessary

Arsenal icon Jens Lehmann has admitted he never understood why Mikel Arteta dropped Aaron Ramsdale in favor of Brentford loanee David Raya. He also discussed the Gunners’ Premier League aspirations, advising them to be more brave to win the league and the UEFA Champions League.

Jens Lehmann Believes It Was Aaron Ramsdale-David Raya Swap Was Unnecessary

Arsenal manager Arteta made a bold and controversial call in the summer, signing Brentford goalkeeper Raya on loan. Ramsdale, who had served as the team’s first-choice goalkeeper until then, eventually made way, with the Spaniard replacing him in Premier League and UEFA Champions League fixtures.

Ex-goalkeeper Lehmann has criticized Arteta’s call, saying he never got why Arteta dropped Ramsdale from the starting XI.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Lehmann said:

I never ever understood the Ramsdale decision. If you have a good, brave English keeper at a big English club doing well and then you bring in a Spanish guy who has never played for a big club at that level – it just doesn’t make sense.

The ‘keeper is the most important position in the team. If I were Ramsdale, I don’t know how I would react because it’s not easy at that age. When you’re older, it’s different.

Ramsdale has only played 11 matches for the Gunners this season. Raya, meanwhile, has featured in 38 games for the club in all competitions.

Lehmann Believes Arsenal Need To Be Braver To Win Major Honors

After giving his candid take on the goalkeeping situation at Emirates Stadium, Lehmann — the goalkeeper in Arsenal’s 2003-04 ‘Invincible’ Premier League side — discussed his old clubs’ hopes of winning major honors. He lauded Arteta for his performance so far but urged him and his men to be a little braver.

Lehmann continued:

He’s done a good job but unfortunately, you’re talking to a guy who loves Arsenal, wants them to win and not just to be up there. I was very disappointed with how…


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Author : Sushan Chakraborty

Publish date : 2024-05-01 09:51:32

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