Aaron Ramsdale opens up about trophy banter ahead of Arsenal vs Spurs | Football


Aaron Ramsdale wants to win the Europa League with Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)

Aaron Ramsdale says Arsenal are targeting silverware this season and opened up about trophy banter with other clubs ahead of the clash with Tottenham.

The Gunners, top of the Premier League table after their opening seven games, host their fierce rivals on Saturday for the first north London derby of the season.

Arsenal’s last major trophy came in 2019-20 when they won the FA Cup under current boss Mikel Arteta.

But Spurs have not won a major trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2008 and the club are routinely ridiculed for their lack of recent silverware.

Like Arsenal, Antonio Conte’s side, third in the table, have enjoyed a strong start to the 2022-23 season and are unbeaten after their first seven top-flight games.

Pundits have tipped both clubs to challenge for silverware this term and speaking to the Joe Cole Cast, Arsenal goalkeeper Ramsdale said: ‘Personally I’d want to win the Europa League.

‘If that means we sacrifice by finishing fifth in the league, you still qualify for the Champions League and you win silverware with it.

‘But [we want to quality for the] Champions League for sure.

‘And then I think we give it a real good go in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, one of the domestic cups with a European trophy would be a perfect season.

‘The fans always have banter with other teams over when you last won trophies, so why would you not go and try and win the Carabao Cup or the FA Cup and for me that that would be a dream, to win a couple of trophies this year.’

Ramsdale also spoke about Arsenal team-mates Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard ahead of Saturday’s north London derby.

‘It’s crazy how two players, especially – Alex and Gabi Jesus – they have just brought something different,’ he told BT Sport.

‘The only way I can describe it is the winning mentality, wanting to win every time and they have been doing it with us every day. It’s lifted [us] in training.’

Quizzed on the best trainer at the club, Ramsdale added: ‘Martin Odegaard’s always on it.

‘He’s a modern-day captain. He’s probably one of the first five in the building and the last five out.

‘But then, on the pitch, he’s never going to hide or shrink from a challenge. So that’s the first person we look to.’

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