Aaron Ramsdale defends Arsenal’s January window; predicts ‘interesting’ summer | Soccer

Aaron Ramsdale defends Arsenal's January window and predicts an 'interesting' summer

The keeper says he’s well aware Arsenal have been trying to sign players (Picture: Getty)

Aaron Ramsdale doesn’t believe Arsenal’s inaction in the January transfer window cost them fourth place and expects an “interesting” summer window with several new faces.

The Gunners missed out on qualifying for the Champions League by just two points and finished the season behind north London rivals Tottenham and many critics felt that Mikel Arteta’s decision to cut his mid-season squad without reinforcements turned out to be expensive.

But Ramsdale defended Arsenal’s strategy in January, saying it was almost confirmed, although he is keen for the club to add new players in the summer – especially now that they are back in Europe.

Aaron Ramsdale defends Arsenal's January window and predicts an 'interesting' summer

Losses to Spurs and Newcastle cost Arsenal fourth (Image: AFP)

Asked whether some signings could remedy Arsenal’s shortcomings – and whether they missed a trick that didn’t strengthen in January – said Ramsdale Seaman Says Podcast: “Yeah, I think this is going to be another interesting summer.

“We obviously brought in quite a number of players in the last summer window.

“I know perfectly well that in January the club tried very hard to sign some players and we just couldn’t get them over the line.

“But it’s one of those things, looking back it’s a wonderful, wonderful thing because we could have finished fourth without signing anyone and people would have said it was because of that [of the decisions in January].’

Asked if Arteta is in talks with the players about potential signings, Ramsdale continued, “No, he’s not openly saying that.

“It’s just one of those things, you’re at a football club and you hear rumors at the training ground and things like that.

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Arsenal have been linked with Man City’s Gabriel Jesus, among others (Image: Reuters)

“But we will try to sign some players in the summer, which will be good and obviously when you play in Europe and play in the Premier League you need a very good squad depth.

“Even though we didn’t have a lot of players, I never felt – and we never felt – that we were losing quality or anything when the players came in.

“I think something the manager did really well is he knew he could count on everyone to stay and play.”

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