May 25, 2024

Eddie Howe faces a goalkeeping dilemma at Newcastle United this summer.
Andy Cole believes Arsenal’s forgotten man Aaron Ramsdale would do “a good job” for Newcastle United.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a transfer to Tyneside as the club’s goalkeeper dilemma continues. Nick Pope has been the uncontested No. 1 at St James’ Park since joining from Burnley over two years ago.

However, the 31-year-old’s shoulder injury was aggravated versus Manchester United, forcing him to miss the next five months. Martin Dubravka has taken over in his absence, while Loris Karius has also been called upon.

Since Pope’s injury, Newcastle has shipped 35 goals in 17 games, raising concerns about the goalkeeping position. Mikel Arteta has frozen out Ramsdale, despite the fact that he was named to the Premier League Team of the Season last year.

A departure is certain, and the Gunners are allegedly willing to take approximately £30 million. Cole, a former Toon goal machine, has supported Ramsdale to thrive at Newcastle, but has reminded him that he must be the number one.


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“Nine times out of ten, when a player moves to a different club, they’re meant to be their new club’s No.1 centre-forward, centre-half, goalkeeper or whatever it may be,” Cole said in a Betfred interview. “If Aaron makes the move, he will become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper.

“I truly believe that he has been treated unfairly. He was fantastic for Arsenal last season, and then Mikel Arteta went out and signed a new goalkeeper, originally claiming that he had two number ones, which was total bullshit from the start.

“The manner he has ignored Ramsdale has been quite insulting. He has basically mugged him off. I admire how he goes about his work, and he deserves to be treated with greater respect, so if he does leave Arsenal, he will undoubtedly perform well at Newcastle.”

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