Arsenal have completed the signing of Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United – but some fans are worried about an omen from his previous time in the Premier League.
England goalkeeper Ramsdale, 23, has joined the Gunners for an initial fee of £24million, which could rise to £30m with add-ons.
He is Mikel Arteta's fifth signing of the summer after Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, Ben White and Martin Odegaard, who returned from Real Madrid earlier on Friday afternoon.
Ramsdale has been brought in to provide competition for Bernd Leno for the number one spot with a view to succeeding him as Arsenal's first choice in the near future.
His arrival has been met with positivity by most of the club's fanbase – but not all.
Some are worried that Ramsdale's unenviable relegation record could spell bad news for the Gunners this season.
Despite being just 23, the Stoke-born stopper has already been relegated three times in his career.
His first relegation came during a loan spell at Chesterfield.
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Ramsdale made 19 appearances for the Spireites towards the back end of the 2017-18 season but could not prevent them from dropping out of League Two and into the National League for the first time in their history.
He then suffered relegation from the Premier League with Bournemouth in 2019 before moving to Sheffield United and repeating the trick last season.
Some Arsenal fans are wary that Ramsdale's arrival could seem them scrapping towards the bottom end of the division this season.
One supporter tweeted: "Ramsdale relegated 2 years on the trot…3 pending?"
Someone else said: "Arsenal is getting relegated. The signing of Ramsdale confirms it."
Others made reference to Ramsdale's previous relegations before leaving a space next to Arsenal for the 2021-22 season.
For his part, Ramsdale is looking forward to getting stuck in at his new club and stepping out at the Emirates for the first time as an Arsenal player.
Speaking to club's official website following the move, he said: "It's a lot of emotion really, all the hard work.
"My mum and dad travelling up and down to Bolton from Stoke three times a week, going out loans, dips in form, playing well.
"And then to come here and to be given the chance by the boss to bring me in, playing at the Emirates.
"Every time I've played here I think I've walked out and said 'imagine this being your home each week.'
"The stadium is just incredible so hopefully I can play and play well in front of a full, packed Emirates stadium."
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