Ramsdale’s strong start
Aaron Ramsdale joined Arsenal in a deal from Sheffield United over the summer, setting the Gunners back around 25 million pounds.
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 20, 2021
Now, in Arsenal’s home encounter with Norwich, Ramsdale made his Premier League debut for Mikel Arteta’s side. Although he had little to do, he came away with a clean sheet, his second following his clean sheet against West Brom in the Carabao Cup.
After his first game, Ramsdale opened up on the result, and his thoughts on how Arsenal have begun:
“It has been a tough start to the season and we knew we had to have a performance but mainly get the three points,”
“We did that, everyone to a man. The blocks, people tracking back…so it was a great day, especially for the fans.
“We’ve played two promoted teams and arguably the best two teams in the league.
“Of course, we would have wanted more points but we now have three, a clean sheet and a first goal and we can now build on that.
“We have been working so hard on the training ground and that has been proven this week.”
Is Ramsdale now Arsenal’s number one?
Ramsdale was also asked whether he felt that he was Arsenal’s new number one, but refused to confirm either way, saying:
“I don’t know what the manager is going to do”
“This might have just been a tactical tweak so it is my responsibility to force him to carry on picking me, which is something I have to do on a daily basis.
“Me and Bernd will be very competitive in a good way, healthy and hopefully I can stay in the team.
“You have got to be ready to play as a goalkeeper. You don’t know when anything is going to happen. I’m ready every week.
Mikel Arteta similarly refused to be drawn on the subject, saying after the game that:
We have two fantastic goalkeepers and never forgot what Bernd has done for us and what a good goalkeeper he is. I had to make decisions and I felt Aaron was the right one to do so and like in any other position, and that is what we decided today.
I want to see how they perform. Now we need performances and we need to win football matches, so whoever gives better performances and whoever transmits more confidence and is more reliable will play.
Will Ramsdale be Arsenal’s top man for the rest of the season?
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