Marc Overmars’ Andre Onana verdict shows Edu’s Arsenal’s summer transfer masterstroke



Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana will not extend his contract at the club, according to the latest reports.

Arsenal had previously identified the Cameroonian as a potential long-term replacement for Bernd Leno, but a summer deal never materialised, and instead, the Gunners opted to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United.

Ajax’s current director of football and former Gunner, Marc Overmars, all but confirmed the 25-year-old’s departure after admitting that the Dutch giants are no longer looking to extend his contract.

As per Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, via Africa Top Sports, Overmars said : “We are not in talks to extend Onana’s contract. We have already tried this then we moved on.”

Romano has also explained that he is close to joining Inter Milan on a free transfer.

Overmars’ decision to effectively give up on trying to extend Onana’s contract may actually suggest that Edu and Mikel Arteta made the correct decision in signing Ramsdale.

The 23-year-old is quickly becoming a fan favourite at the Emirates, and after Leno conceded nine goals in his opening three Premier League matches this season, the Englishman has already stepped up to start in the league ahead of his competitor.

Following two clean sheets against Norwich and Burnley respectively, Ramsdale produced another fine display in the Gunners’ 3-1 north London derby win over Tottenham on Sunday.

He even produced an early save of the season contender when he tipped Lucas Moura’s deflected effort onto the crossbar late on.

Arsenal fans weren’t particularly enthused by the decision to sign Ramsdale over Onana in the first place, but the way he’s approached his job since arriving already suggests that Edu and Arteta may have got this one right.





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