Arsenal boss Arteta refuses to send message to Chelsea as two players warned

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has refused to tell Chelsea his stance on the future of Aaron Ramsdale. The Spaniard has also admitted Kai Havertz must improve after his difficult start at the Emirates.

Asked what he would do if Ramsdale asked to leave, Arteta said: “Well first of all my door is open to speak to any player. We just want the best for our players and we try to do that.

“We know the influence we can have, sometimes positively, sometimes not so positively towards them. But we will always try our best to help them but this is a team sport that needs 24 players and you have to fulfil a role.

“The role that you have in August may be very different to the one you have in March. So making early decisions in my experience is not something good at all.

“And as well because the team has certain needs that have to be accomplished and in order to do that you cannot do that with six, 10 or 14 players, it is impossible. You need everyone and Aaron has a really important role in this team.”

Pressed on what message he would send to clubs interested in Ramsdale, Arteta said: “I have no messages for any clubs. I can talk about my players, how much I like my players, how much I like Aaron and that we want Aaron with us, that’s for sure.”

Meanwhile, Havertz has just one goal and one assist for Arsenal since joining from Chelsea in the summer. Arteta is happy with his performances but knows the numbers must increase.

He said: “I can tell you that I am really pleased with the way that he’s performing. Obviously looking at the numbers, just specifically the numbers of what he’s producing in front of goal, those have to improve and we have to improve them.

“But in many other areas of the pitch what he gives to the team at the moment is really important.”


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