Ben Foster would like to replace Bernd Leno as Arsenal’s No. 2 | Soccer

Relegated Ben Foster'would love' to be Arsenal's number two behind Aaron Ramsdale

The veteran shotstopper believes he could develop Ramsdale further (Pictures: Getty)

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster, who is out of contract, says he would like to join Arsenal to replace Aaron Ramsdale and believes his experience could really be an advantage for the young goalkeeper.

After moving to north London from Sheffield United last summer, Ramsdale was quick to take over as Mikel Arteta’s first-choice goalkeeper and the German replacement is expected to be sold in the coming months as Benfica are reportedly interested.

Arsenal have already struck a deal to sign American goalkeeper Matt Turner from MLS club New England Revolution but there have been suggestions Arteta may be scouring the transfer market for a more experienced, homegrown alternative.

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno

Leno is expected to leave Arsenal so the Gunners need a new backup (Getty)

Foster certainly fits those criteria and will be available on a free transfer when his contract with the relegated Hornets expires at the end of the month, leaving Vicarage Road after six years at the club.

Despite starting 17 straight games in the second half of the season and keeping Daniel Bachmann out of the starting XI, the 39-year-old says he would jump at the chance to feature as an understudy for Ramsdale and believes he can win the English National player can improve.

Speaking on his podcast, The Fozcast confirmed to Foster that he would love to take over a number two at a Premier League club like Arsenal: “Yes, I think I would be honest with you.

“When I sign as the number two goalkeeper for a club depending on who the first choice goalkeeper is you say it would be someone like Arsenal or even Aston Villa for example where you have the first choice goalkeeper which I know is a world class -Goalkeeper.

“So someone like Ramsdale or Emi Martinez, I know I have a world-class goalkeeper in front of me who is still at an age where he can learn and get better – because he can, he has the potential.

“At that point I’m going to say, ‘Right, I’m going to help you as much as I can to maximize your skills and make sure you become an absolute monster, a beast, and give you all the tools I’ve learned. “

“I would love to do that, and I can go in with joy every day [to training] knowing that’s my role because it’s still an important role, a massive role. And I’d love to be able to do that and fire them off with saves, I’d be the guy on the bench to jump up and say, ‘Oh what a save! This is my goalie! That’s my boy!” That would be awesome. I would love to do that.

Relegated Ben Foster'would love' to be Arsenal's number two behind Aaron Ramsdale

Foster kept four clean sheets in 26 Premier League games (Image: Getty)

“On the other hand, when I sign with a club and they say, ‘We have a first-choice goalkeeper, but we want you to be number two’, and when I come into that football club, when I see him in training and I think I’m better than him, that will push me even more to prove to everyone that I’m still good to go.

“Don’t get me wrong if it’s for someone like Rambo I still train my head because that’s who I am, I love to train, I love to put the graft in.

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

“I think that comes with age too, it’s something where you have to let go of your ego and say, ‘Your turn, it’s your time, I’ll help you get ready.’

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