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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta forced through a deal for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, going against Edu who wanted alternatives.
The Gunners spent more than £100m on new players over the summer, bringing in three defenders as well as signing Martin Odegaard permanently from Real Madrid.
But the Spaniard also strengthened his options between the posts, with the Englishman signed from Sheffield United for £30m.
Ramsdale arrives in north London with two years of Premier League experience – but has been relegated in both of them, with the Blades last year and Bournemouth in 2019/20.
AndThe Athletichave reported that the 23-year-old was never on the radar of Arsenal’s technical director Edu over the summer.
The north London side’s coaching staff had pushed for the deal, with goalkeeping ‘considered such a specialist area’.
When Sheffield were being stubborn about their price point earlier this summer, Edu decided to move on to ‘cheaper alternatives’ that included Barcelona’s 32-year-old goalkeeper Neto.
But Arteta dug his heels in over Ramsdale, pushing the Gunners back into talks as they ‘met in the middle’.
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And the report states that is was the managers’ ‘single-mindedness’ that saw him force through a transfer for the 23-year-old.
Ramsdale made a clean sheet debut in Arsenal’s only win so far this season, a 6-0 Carabao Cup second-round thrashing of West Brom.
But he watched from the sidelines as No.1 Bernd Leno was peppered by Premier League champions Manchester City in a 5-0 defeat before the international break.
It sees the former Invincibles sit bottom of the table, having won none of their three games, conceded nine goals and failed to find the net.
And the Gunners faithful have made their position clear, calling for Arteta to be sacked following the poor run of form.
But the Kroenke family, the American owners of the Premier League side, are not considering bringing in a replacement for the 39-year-old.
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