Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara has blasted Arsenal over their pursuit of Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, during a recent interview with talkSPORT.
As previously reported by the same publication, the Gunners are said to be lining up a £30 million bid for the England international this summer after already having two offers rejected by the Blades.
The North London side are said to view Ramsdale as a potential replacement for Bernd Leno, who has failed to convince many during his time in the Premier League so far.
Now, O’Hara has blasted Arsenal for eyeing a bid for the shot stopper, as he stated the following on the matter recently:
“This literally sums Arsenal up doesn’t it, sums them up business-wise.
“They got rid of Martinez, who is a brilliant keeper, for what… £20 million? A snip, he was one of the best keepers last season.
“And now they are going to sign someone from a relegated team for £30m… what are they doing?!
“Who is doing their business there? What are they doing? They are a mess.
“They are signing a keeper who is not as good as they had. They sold the keeper for £20m and bringing in someone who’s not as good as him. Aaron Ramsdale is not as good as Martinez.”
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Ramsdale has been linked with a move away from Bramall Lane all summer, although he has not given any indication that he would like to leave the club that he only returned to last year from Bournemouth.
The 23-year-old currently has three years remaining on his current contract in the Steel City.
I think Sheffield United’s resolve is going to be tested heavily if an offer of £30 million comes in for Ramsdale but I think a lot of what happens next will depend on the player’s desire to leave.
O’Hara clearly hasn’t watched a lot of the keeper if he is writing him off this quickly, as for me he is one of the finest young players in the country right now.
He still has a the best years of his career ahead of him and he has been unlucky to have been involved in so many relegation battles so far.
Arsenal would be signing a player who could be their number one for at least the next 10 years and I think it would be a very clever investment if Mikel Arteta and co do push ahead with a move.