In a surprising turn of events, Aaron Ramsdale has emerged as a key player for Arsenal, with Gary Neville admitting he has been “shocked” by the goalkeeper’s performances since his £25million move to the club in 2021.
Despite suffering relegation in the previous two seasons with Sheffield United and Bournemouth, Ramsdale has proven himself to be a valuable asset to Arsenal.
Although many were baffled by Mikel Arteta’s decision to replace the solid Bernd Leno in goal, the move has been vindicated with Ramsdale conceding just 31 goals in as many games this season, with 12 clean sheets to his name.
This impressive record places him just one clean sheet behind Manchester United’s David de Gea and Newcastle’s Nick Pope in the race for the Golden Glove.
Ramsdale’s performance in Arsenal’s recent 2-2 draw against Liverpool was particularly outstanding, with the goalkeeper making several incredible saves in the dying minutes of the game to salvage a point for his team. He also played a crucial role in making sure that Mohamed Salah missed a penalty in the second half.
Speaking to Sky Sports prior to Arsenal’s draw against West Ham, Gary Neville was full of praise for Ramsdale, stating that the goalkeeper had “shocked” him with his performances.
Neville also suggested that Ramsdale’s recent form has put him in contention for the England No.1 spot, with the 24-year-old now pushing Jordan Pickford very close.
Roy Keane, Neville’s former Manchester United teammate, agreed with Neville’s assessment, adding that Ramsdale’s personality was just as important as his technical ability.
Keane praised the goalkeeper for his character and his popularity in the dressing room, noting that he had responded well to his mistakes on the pitch.
Keane also highlighted the importance of having a good goalkeeper, stating that a team cannot win anything without one. He emphasized the need for a goalkeeper to have a strong character and to be able to react well to disappointment, something that Ramsdale has demonstrated in his performances for Arsenal.
Despite Ramsdale’s impressive performances, Arsenal were unable to maintain their lead against West Ham, eventually drawing 2-2 after conceding two late goals. The result leaves Arsenal just four points clear of Manchester City, who have played a game less.
Aaron Ramsdale’s performances for Arsenal have been nothing short of exceptional, with the goalkeeper proving to be a valuable asset to his team.
His recent form has put him in contention for the England No.1 spot, and his character and popularity in the dressing room have made him a vital part of Arsenal’s squad. With Ramsdale between the sticks, Arsenal’s chances of success in the Premier League this season have significantly improved.