Speaking of in the latest issue of FourFourTwo Magazine (May 2022 issue, page 34), Aaron Ramsdale has opened up about his move to Arsenal and Bukayo Saka’s impact on the transfer.
Ramsdale arrived at the Gunners with big money in the summer and while you might expect it to be Edu or Mikel Arteta who convinced the keeper to join the club, Saka actually played a key role.
In fact, according to Ramsdale, Saka spoke to him about a potential Arsenal move ahead of Euro and the keeper says he didn’t really talk to Arteta about a move until an offer was accepted.
what was said
Ramsdale was asked how Arteta sold him the club.
“It wasn’t him, to be honest – it was Bukayo! I heard rumors that Arsenal were interested in me when I was at camp ahead of the EURO and Bukayo mentioned that he and the boss talked about me. As the transfer window picked up speed I went back to Sheffield United and there were offers that were turned down. When one was accepted, I finally spoke to the manager and he told me, “We don’t see anyone as No. 1 or No. 2.” He told me it could take a year to win the main jersey. The manager is great – you can talk to him about anything.”
Bukayo Saka is not only one of Arsenal’s best players, it seems he also acts as a transfer agent.
We don’t know what Saka Ramsdale said about Arsenal but it was apparently enough to convince him it was the right move for him.
Of course, the England goalkeeper probably didn’t need much convincing to swap the championship for the Emirates, but it sounds like Saka played his part brilliantly nonetheless.
We have to wonder if Saka will get a say in Tammy Abraham or Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the next England camp.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/01/it-wasnt-him-ramsdale-says-midfielder-helped-convince-him-to-join-arsenal-not-arteta/ Ramsdale says the midfielder helped convince him to join Arsenal, not Arteta