Arteta sends message to axed Arsenal star after Norwich win

Joe Williams
Mikel Arteta Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has told Bernd Leno that he will continue to be number one choice if he can produce better performances than Aaron Ramsdale.

Ramsdale made his Premier League debut for the Gunners on Saturday as he kept his second clean sheet of the season in a 1-0 victory over Norwich City.

The former Sheffield United goalkeeper impressed for the Blades last season before being called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate for Euro 2020.

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And now it looks like the number one spot at Arsenal could be his to lose after impressing Arteta in the win over Daniel Farke’s side.

After watching Ramsdale keep his first clean sheet at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta said: “I think he was terrific.

“It’s not only what he did on the technical side, it’s what he transmits, his energy, his chemistry with the backline, how he reacts, his body language – I think he was top.

“We have two fantastic goalkeepers. Never forget what Bernd has done for us and what a good goalkeeper he is.

“I had to make a decision and today I believed Aaron was the right one to do so, like in any other position we have to decide and that’s what we decided today.

“I want to see how they perform. Now we need performances and we need to win football matches. Whoever gives the better performances, transmits better things and is more reliable is going to play.”

The victory over Norwich was the Gunners’ first of the season and Arteta hailed it as the “best 10-15 days” he has experienced in football.

“I must say that probably it has been the best 10-15 days I have ever had since I have been in football,” Arteta told reporters.

“I am not saying that they were the easiest, but probably the best. Because you have to find a purpose, why you do what you do and why you have made the decision to become a football player, a coach.

“It is about the relationships that we have built, it’s about the level of trust that everybody at the club has, the connections.

“Emotionally, how players react, how everybody in the team, and I am talking about any department at the club, supports, follows and tries to be positive around the situation. You have to win football matches but it is a joy to watch how everyone was behaving around the context that we had around.

“I got pretty emotional to see that because I think it is pretty difficult to see football and people maybe were expecting something, they want to go another road – try to transmit hate or whatever – it wasn’t the case at all. So, thank you so much.”