A new contract for Aaron Ramsdale is on Arsenal’s agenda, to reward his progress with a fair salary for a top first-choice goalkeeper.
The Athletic report that in addition to the much-publicised negotiations over new deals for the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and William Saliba, a contract extension for Aaron Ramsdale is also on the agenda.
All sides reportedly acknowledge that Ramsdale should be rewarded with a salary more in line with his status as a first-choice goalkeeper at a top-six club.
When Ramsdale joined the club in 2021, he was leaving a relegated Sheffield United side to join an Arsenal team with Bernd Leno as their established first-choice goalkeeper.
Those two factors will certainly have played into his initial contract negotiations, as he wasn’t in a particularly strong position to argue for a major wage hike.
It’s a very different story now, as Ramsdale is the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper for Arsenal, who are top of the league and performing well in Europe.
Arsenal could choose to simply hold Ramsdale to his contract, which lasts until 2025, and reportedly has an option for a further year. But now that Ramsdale is a starter, it would be better to keep him happy and extend his stay further.
As well as his progress with Arsenal, Ramsdale has also pushed on with England since joining the Gunners. He made his international debut last November, and he’s nailed on to join the squad for the World Cup this winter.
That should only boost his value to Arsenal, so it’s another reason he’s deserving of a new deal. With any luck, this won’t be a difficult deal to do.