Arsenal legend Ian Wright has lavished praise on Aaron Ramsdale after the goalkeeper played a vital role in helping the Gunners secure an impressive 2-0 win against Leicester yesterday.
The 23-year-old moved to the Emirates from Sheffield United for an initial £24m back in August, with many questioning the decision to pay so much for the shot-stopper, but Wright believes his performance at the King Power Stadium shows the club were right to splash the cash:
“We are talking about someone who was ridiculed. Arsenal were ridiculed for paying the money for him, just because he is a 23-year-old goalkeeper who has had two seasons in the Premier League. I think it has stood him in good stead. His distribution is absolutely fantastic. The confidence and what he has brought to this dressing room is fantastic.”
“It is magnificent. Then there are the fantastic saves, fingertip saves. This [from Maddison’s free kick] is the save of the season, it is magnificent. He got a bit of luck after it, but what he did for Arsenal was fantastic.”
As Wright says, Ramsdale was impressive in all aspects of his game versus Leicester and that save from James Maddison’s freekick, in particular, will definitely be on the Gunners’ highlight reel at the end of the campaign.
Consistency is the key, though, and manager Mikel Arteta said after the match that he wants those types of performances from Ramsdale for 50 games a season for 20 years. Whether he’ll be able to do that, we shall have to wait and see, but the keeper has made a very promising start to his Arsenal career.