Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale will miss out on their game against Aston Villa following an injury suffered in their last game against Liverpool. As reported by The Athletic, the England international sustained a hip injury in Arsenal’s 2-0 loss at the Emirates on Wednesday, March 16.
It is understood that the injury is also likely to keep Ramsdale out of the England squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast. The international friendlies are due to take place on Saturday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 29, respectively.
Arsenal Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to Miss Aston Villa Game Through Injury
It is understood that the 23-year-old has travelled with his teammates to Villa Park, however, will not feature in the matchday squad due to the injury. Instead, Bernd Leno will instead take his place in the Arsenal goal as the club continue their push for a top-four finish.
The absence will surely be a blow to the North London club as he has been in excellent form following his £30million move from Sheffield United this past Summer. However, Leno is a more than capable replacement, having already made 100 appearances for Arsenal and was a solid option for the club prior to the Englishman’s arrival.
Ramsdale will likely be disappointed to also miss out on the upcoming international friendlies for England, especially as he could challenge Jordan Pickford to be England’s number one.
Following his excellent form this season, the shot-stopper has arguably been England’s best goalkeeper in the 2021/22 season while showcasing his talent for a side that looks to be challenging for a place in the Champions League next season.
With only one international cap to his name for the senior side so far, Ramsdale will be disappointed not to add to that tally in the upcoming clashes. With a World Cup taking place this November in Qatar, time is running out for the Arsenal man to make a claim for England’s number one shirt.
Arsenal’s Top Four Hopes
Back in the Premier League, Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool with a win against an in-form Aston Villa side. Mikel Arteta will be looking for a positive reaction following the defeat in order to keep their top-four hopes alive. The Gunners currently find themselves in fourth spot in the Premier League and three points against Villa could see them pull away from fifth-placed Manchester United, who are currently one point behind having played two more games than Arsenal.
The North London club also have a game in hand over third-placed Chelsea so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Arsenal can make up the eight points needed to topple their London rivals, with a win against Villa being a good start.
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