Why Aaron Ramsdale was benched for Arsenal vs Everton

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has, on Sunday evening, provided an insight into his decision to shake things up between the posts for his side’s latest outing.

Arsenal, of course, are currently locked in Premier League action.

In their return to play on the back of the international break, the Gunners have made the trip to Goodison Park, for a meeting with Everton.

And, to this point in proceedings, the day’s visitors have found themselves frustrated, Everton remaining very much in things owing to a staunch defensive display.

Whilst it is Arsenal’s fruitless endeavours in the attacking third which have taken their place front and centre in the chatter on Merseyside thus far on Sunday evening, though, as alluded to above, prior to the clash getting underway, it was the north Londoners’ goalkeeping options which did so.

This came as Mikel Arteta sprung a surprise, in dropping Aaron Ramsdale to the bench for the first time this season.

Instead, summer addition David Raya was opted for between the posts.

Speaking to the media in anticipation of his side’s latest outing, Arsenal’s boss was therefore asked for an insight into his shot-stopping call.

And Arteta went on to cite the upcoming glut of fixtures facing his side, explaining:

“I think I mentioned it that we wanted to build a squad with two quality players in each position, with different characteristics, and we have got that now. And to maximise that they have to play games, and we have a lot of things coming up now.

“And we have the same with other players we have rotated and there will be a lot of game-time in the next few weeks.”

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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