'Aaron's too good to be a number two'

Aaron Ramsdale during an Arsenal warm-up
Aaron Ramsdale during an Arsenal warm-up

Arsenal legend David Seaman believes Aaron Ramsdale is "too good to be a number two" goalkeeper and thinks a lot will be learned about his position from manager Mikel Arteta's upcoming team selections.

Summer arrival David Raya has been preferred ahead of Ramsdale for much of this season to date, although the Brentford loanee is ineligible to face his parent club in the Premier League on Saturday.

Ex-England goalkeeper Seaman told BBC Radio 5 Live: "If he [Ramsdale] is not playing [for Arsenal], it's going to affect his [England] chances. If I'm right, he's going to be playing this weekend because Raya can't play as he's on loan from Brentford.

"Aaron will come in, he'll get a chance and then I think after that, that's then we'll see what is really going to happen. If Aaron goes in at the weekend and then he's left out for the next game, then we know who Mikel’s number one is.

"He's a top-class goalkeeper, there's no doubt about that. Mikel's got a job keeping two really good goalkeepers very happy. Going into next summer, where Aaron is really pushing to become England goalkeeper, he needs to be playing."

Asked if he thinks Ramsdale may consider moving elsewhere in January if regular first-team football is not forthcoming at Arsenal, Seaman said: "I think January will be a bit too soon.

"I'm putting a lot of importance on the game after [Brentford], that's where we find out a lot of answers to what Mikel was saying when they brought in Raya and he was talking about rotating goalkeepers.

"We'll have to wait and see after that game. Aaron's too good to be a number two, there's no doubt about that."

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