PIERS MORGAN has blasted Mikel Arteta for “humiliating” Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale with the axe.
GettyAaron Ramsdale warmed up for the Goodison clash but was only on the bench[/caption]
GettyDavid Raya was picked ahead of Ramsdale for a surprise Arsenal debut[/caption]
Gunners’ fan Morgan posted on social media: “I don’t understand what Ramsdale has done to deserve being dropped? Havertz, yes.. but Ramsdale’s been consistently superb for us. Why humiliate him?”
Spaniard Raya only faced one effort on target in a goalless first half at Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, Arteta also chose Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira ahead of Havertz – his surprise £65million summer recruit for Chelsea.
But it was Ramsdale’s demotion that sparked debate online.
One fan suggested the ex-Sheffield United star was being rested for Arsenal’s Champions League clash at home to PSV Eindhoven.
Responding to Morgan’s message, he wrote: “Rambo is going to start on Wednesday along with Jesus and Havertz…”
Another supporter posted: “It’s indeed puzzling to see Ramsdale benched, especially considering his consistent performances. Maybe the coach is trying to keep him as a “safe-keeper” for upcoming UCL game or simply giving him a well-deserved rest.”
A third said: “It’s clearly for the UCL. There are 4 competitions and 2 top keepers. Don’t worry.”
Many fans also argued there was no shame for Ramsdale being left out so early in such a hectic season.