I heard for a while concern from some gooners that Arsenal were willing to pay 30 million for Ramsdale. That will only intensify now that the deal with Sheffield United has been confirmed.
We have had to pay over the odds because he’s young and English but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a good signing.
It all depends on what you want from your second-choice keeper, a position the 23 years will start at.
If it’s just a body to fill in when your number 1 gets injured, then yes 30 million is a lot.
Yet I don’t think that’s the idea.
Leno has made too many mistakes so he should be looking over his shoulder.
At the very least this is competition which will either improve the German or lead to a new number 1.
That’s why so many gooners regretted Martinez being sold to Aston Villa.
The hope was by having two quality options, the two would improve each other.
To be fair that’s what Arteta wanted until the Argentine gave him an ultimatum.
That’s why Ramsdale meets the criteria, he’s good enough to be an immediate option but young enough where he’s willing to be 2nd choice for the short term.
It’s generally considered that goalies don’t hit their prime till they are past 30.
The notion that this Is allotted to pay for someone who will sit on the bench isn’t a true reflection of our reality. It gives the Impression that Leno’s status as our number 1 is secure.
He’s one mistake away from being dropped, hence why if our scouts like Ramsdale, now was the time to act.
Leno has made too many errors leading to goals, most recently Brentford’s 2nd last Friday.
We just haven’t had anyone with enough experience to bring in for him.
In many ways he embodies the naivety of a section of our fan base.
Some were quick to christen the German as one of the best keepers in the division just because he plays for Arsenal.
In reality ….
Saints – when ball is headed across goal has already committed himself allowing Austin a header at an open goal
Spurs – Spills a shot allowing Eriksen a tap in
Chelsea – comes out to claim a corner, misses the ball entirely
With two arms on the ball allows it to squirm over the line
With seconds remaining, puts team under pressure by kicking ball out for corner instead of up the pitch
Charges out for header across goal leaving Vardy with an open goal
Charges out of goal and for some reason punches the ball
Plays Xhaka into trouble with poor pass resulting in goal
Bowen shot goes through Leno’s legs
Mishandles a low cross, ends up an own goal
Passes the ball to opposition gifting them a goal
If Ramsdale plays well in the Carabao Cup at West Brom that might already be enough for a run in the first team.
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