Premier League News: Turner feels no pressure to repeat Ramsdale as Arsenal goalkeeper pushes for USMNT spot

    Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner says he doesn’t feel the need to copy Aaron Ramsdale as shot stopper USMNT tries to defend his place at the Gunners.

    The 28-year-old joined the New England Revolution’s Mikel Arteta ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, but so far his minutes have been limited by his teammate’s superior performance.

    Hopeful England Ramsdale have kept four clean sheets in the top flight this season, a record surpassed only by his Three Lions teammate Nick Pope of Newcastle United and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

    His form has helped Arsenal become title contenders, topping the Premier League ahead of champions Manchester City, but Turner says he doesn’t feel he has to emulate the former Sheffield United player to improve.

    “I definitely don’t feel any pressure,” he said. “He is an independent person. He approaches the game the way he does. I like to wait before games, just be careful.

    “Most of my jokes involve Aaron. It’s just plain banter, like you could with anyone. America against England, the Revolutionary War and all that. I’m more of a joke!”

    The duo could potentially meet at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year in Group B and both men are expected to be included when England and USMNT announce their rosters.

    Turner’s lack of playing time in domestic competitions has given Gregg Berhalter a potential headache for his inclusion, though his rich form in the Europa League should dispel any doubts about his place.

    In any case, the stopper isn’t worried about his inclusion and says he can only support any possible decision made by his international boss.

    “I’m just focused on what I can control and what’s ahead of me,” he added. “I think I’m in a good position to play in the World Cup.

    “But in the end, if Gregg decides what Zach [Steffen] this is the way forward, I stand behind the decisions he makes. Obviously I want to play. But you can only control a lot.”

    Related articles


    Leave a Reply

    Share article

    Latest articles