Aaron Ramsdale is flying after his performance against Leicester and England’s cap may not be far behind
It was around the scheduled time on Saturday, after another difficult stop, that the Leicester supporters took up the challenge of trying to break Aaron Ramsdale. Half his team had tried and failed, so why not?
It started with the usual bait when the Arsenal goalkeeper took a free kick, escalated on the grounds that it was “just as damn Jordan Pickford”, and from there progressed to something even more implausible. In other words, “I would never play for England”.
At one point, with Leicester relentlessly attacking 2-0 against, Ramsdale turned to the chorus behind his goal and laughed in their faces. It’s fair to say that they were unable to communicate with him, nor through him, nor were James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Jamie Vardy.
Aaron Ramsdale had an excellent performance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Leicester on Saturday
Others tried as well, with 16 shots from Leicester in the entire game, including Maddison’s free kick that you may have seen by now, but this was the kind of rare day in a goalkeeper’s career where not a single grain of a handful of rice would have passed.
When it was all done, he faced some of those Leicester fans again and gave them a theatrical bow.
A large part of them returned the applause: Excellence has a fun way of being tolerated, even in football, and that is what we are seeing in this highly unlikely context.
This is Ramsdale, of course. A relatively small 6-foot-2-inch goalkeeper whose £ 24 million transfer fee from Sheffield United in August was the subject of one of those Arsenal melodramas. So much for a substitute guardian? Arsenal have long had their own brand of insanity.
Ramsdale made one of the stops of the season with a well-hit free throw from James Maddison.
It seems that things change. The team is undefeated in nine in all competitions and Ramsdale has played seven of them.
Of his eight games with Arsenal, he has never lost, he has kept five clean sheets and is now indisputably his number 1. As Arsenal, the potential for collective and individual implosion is unlimited, but, for the moment, it is worth it. go back to one of those chants.
You never played for England? Surely that excavation is on borrowed time: he was on the team for the European Championship and the next step is to look smaller because of the game.
Now for that Maddison stop in the first half, because the act of twisting and flying that somehow saw him hammer the ball into the bar was really quite special. Peter Schmeichel said it was the best he’s seen in years and the Premier League posted a tweet that focused on some more stark numbers – only Edouard Mendy (89.7 percent) has a save rate higher than 85.7. percent of Ramsdale.
The 23-year-old has yet to get a cap with the England senior team, but he may not have to wait much longer.
The early days for big calls, but he’s saved 24 of the 28 shots on goal he’s faced, and he’s perhaps the most important component of a defensive unit that has helped his club turn the corner.
Arteta chose cautious praise for the 23-year-old.
“We invest money in talent and people who we believe can be great for the future of the club,” he said.
Mikel Arteta was cautious when asked about Ramsdale’s performance against Leicester
Aaron has had some encouraging performances, and against Leicester he made some incredible saves. You need to keep doing that. In soccer, you need to play 50 games over 20 years, and this is just the beginning. When you dream big, it is always positive.
“He needs to do what he does every day, train like he does, work as hard as he does, and take care of himself. He also needs to have the mindset he has and good performances, and the rest will come. ”
This victory was secured thanks to the first goals of Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe. Out of the calamity of that 5-0 loss to Manchester City in August, it seems that Arsenal have emerged with a reliable goalkeeper, an effective defense, bright young wing players in Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, and a good striker in Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang. It will be interesting to see if all of that adds up to a sustained push into the top four, or another one of those fake Arsenal dawns.