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“I would to be honest with you” Relegated goalkeeper admits he would would be happy to take up a number two role at Arsenal

 “I would to be honest with you” Relegated goalkeeper admits he would would be happy to take up a number two role at Arsenal

Watford’s out-of-contract goalkeeper Ben Foster has stated that he ‘would love’ to join Arsenal as a backup to Aaron Ramsdale, believing that his experience would be extremely useful to the young shot-stopper.

Ramsdale rapidly surpassed Bernd Leno as Mikel Arteta’s first-choice keeper after joining from Sheffield United last summer, and the German backup is set to be moved in the coming months, with Benfica allegedly interested.

Arsenal have already signed American goalkeeper Matt Turner from MLS side New England Revolution, but Arteta may look to the transfer market for a more experienced, domestic alternative.

Foster certainly fits the bill, and he will be available on a free move when his contract with the relegated Hornets expires at the end of the month, departing Vicarage Road after six years.

Despite starting 17 consecutive games in the second part of the season, keeping Daniel Bachmann out of the starting XI, the 39-year-old claims he would leap at the chance to play understudy to Ramsdale and believes he can better the England international.

Speaking on his podcast, the Fozcast, Foster affirmed he would be glad to take up a number two role at a Premier League club such as Arsenal: “Yeah I think I would to be honest with you.

“If I’m signing for a club as a number two goalkeeper, depending on who the first-choice goalkeeper is, so say it was someone like Arsenal or even Aston Villa for example where you’ve got the first choice goalie I know is a world-class goalkeeper.

“So someone like Ramsdale or Emi Martinez, I know I’ve got a world-class goalkeeper in front of me who’s still at an age where they’re learning and they can get better – because they can, they’ve got the potential.

“I will, at that point, say, “Right I am going to help you as much as I can to maximise your ability and make sure that you become an absolute monster, a beast, and give you all the tools that I’ve learned.

|”I’d love to be able to do that, and I can happily go in every day [to training] knowing that’s my role because it’s an important role still, a massive role. And I’d love to be able to do that and buzz off them making saves, I’d be that guy on the bench jumping up going, “Oh what a save! That’s my goalie! That’s my boy!” It would be brilliant. I would love to do that.

“Whereas, on the other side of it, if I sign for a club and they say, ‘We’ve got a first choice goalie but we want you to be number two,’ and when I get into that football club if I see him in training and I think I’m better than him, that will drive me even harder to prove to everyone that I’m still good to go.

“Don’t get me wrong, if it’s for someone like Rambo I’m still training my head off, because that’s what I’m like, I love training, I love putting the graft in.

“But it’s an interesting one, I think I would, I think I’m at an age where I could be a number two, I really could. I had to deal with it last year and even at the start of this season I wasn’t playing to start with, and I’m very good at getting behind the goalie that’s playing and being a cheerleader and getting him ready for the game.

“I think that comes with age as well, it’s something where you have to let your ego go and say, “It’s your turn, it’s your time, I’m going to help you get ready”.


 “I would to be honest with you” Relegated goalkeeper admits he would would be happy to take up a number two role at Arsenal

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