Gabriel Agbonlahor tells 'devastated' Chelsea target to leave Arsenal in January

Gabriel Agbonlahor fears Aaron Ramsdale will need to leave Arsenal in January if he is to be part of England’s squad for next summer’s European Championships.

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The 25-year-old has been a key part of the Gunners’ recent success under Mikel Arteta and had firmly established his position as the club’s No.1 following his arrival from Sheffield United two years ago.

Arteta’s ruthless decision to sanction the signing of David Raya from Brentford, initially on loan, always appeared destined to result in Ramsdale being demoted and so it has transpired.

The Spain international has started Arsenal’s last two matches against Everton and PSV Eindhoven and looks certain to remain in goal for Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham.

Ramsdale, who started England’s most recent game against Scotland, could be forgiven for wondering what he has done wrong to lose his place, especially considering he was rewarded for his recent performances with a new long-term contract back in May.

The uncertainty surrounding his future, however, has led to Chelsea reportedly monitoring his situation and Agbonlahor would understand if Ramsdale were to attempt to force a move to Arsenal’s London rivals in January.

He told talkSPORT: ‘Ramsdale will be in the horrors now. The Euros are coming he’s thinking to himself I’ve just played for England I’ve got a chance now.

‘Now he probably won’t even get on the plane.

‘Dean Henderson left Manchester United and has gone to Crystal Palace and he’s got a task to get Sam Johnstone out of the side.

‘He has to go and play somewhere, it’s as simple as that. We said it about Phillips and Maguire and these players but I mean Ramsdale, you’d be devastated.

‘He got his team into the Champions League he played a big part of it but football is heartless.’

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