Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale’s position in the England team could be under threat if he doesn’t get more game time between now and Euro 2024.

Despite a clear warning from England manager Gareth Southgate that he needs to be playing, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has urged Ramsdale to be patient as he battles for his place in the Gunners starting eleven with David Raya.

Speaking after the announcement of the England team to play Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia Southgate said: “He’s still battling to be the number one at Arsenal, and his profile and the way he can use the ball with his feet, we like.

“But there is a reality as a keeper. If we get to March and he’s six months without playing regularly, then I’m never going to promise things that I couldn’t guarantee delivering.”

In response Arteta urged patience: “We just want the best for our players, and we try to do that, and we know the influence that we can have – sometimes positively, sometimes not so positively, towards them.

“This is a team sport that needs 24 players that have to fulfil a role. And the role that you have in August, it might 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 has to be accomplished.

“You need everyone, and Aaron has a really important role in the team,” he said.

Arsenal are in action on Saturday afternoon when they host Burnley at 5pm. Ramsdale is expected to start on the bench.

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