Ramsdale has dream Arsenal debut – And loves the fans

Aaron Ramsdale has hardly been an Arsenal player for a week, but Mikel Arteta has obviously decided that the youngster will be our cup keeper this season, and he could hardly have hoped for a better debut.

He kept a clean sheet and the team scored six goals in response, but his introduction to the side brought a rousing reception from our fantastic travelling away fans. Ramsdale said after the game: “Yeah, [it was] special. I wasn’t expecting the reception I got, so a big thanks to the fans for that. A packed away end on a Wednesday night in the second round of the Carabao Cup shows the passion that the supports have and we put on a good performance for them. As debuts go, it’s one of the better ones.

“We were dominant throughout. Obviously West Brom had made changes but you’ve still got to beat what’s in front of you and I think we’ve done that brilliantly. We’ve passed the ball, the movement from the front four, the lads who came on and it’s topped off with some special goals. Auba’s taken the matchball home and it’s a good night all round.

He has not had much time in training with his new team-mates, but when asked if he was pleased with his own performance he seemed very content. “Yeah, I did what I needed to do, you know? There’s more to come in possession, but it’s not too much of a change of system from Sheffield United – but it is more ball-related. We were asked to play out at my old club, but here it’s definitely the philosophy, so I can get better on the ball. I’ve had a few days of training with the team and I was happy, made some saves and did what I needed to do. I’m in goal and first of all, you [need to] keep the ball out of the back of the net, and that’s what I’ve done.”

But he then turned back to the fans, with a full house of away supporters cheering his name. It must have beeen an amazing feeling for Ramsdale. “Yeah, it’s special.” he concluded. “I got to celebrate a couple of times with them in the first half, which was nice. They sang my name and it always gives you great confidence, things like that. [To see so many of them] on a Wednesday night is absolutely outstanding – and I can’t wait to see more of them.”

The Arsenal fans have always been the 12th man for Arsenal when they are in full voice and just love watching Arsenal win. Hopefully they will make a big difference to our coming season. If they get behind every player, like they did with Aaron, the team will be full of confidence…

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7 Comments

  1. HAPISOL says:

    Great performance, Aaron!
    Hope to see more of that…
    Keep it up 👍🏾

  2. Kev82 says:

    I think he will turn out to be an excellent goalkeeper 👊 did very well last night.

  3. Tete says:

    Good show yesterday !!!!

  4. Nickerless Bender says:

    So far I like, like, like.

    I’m not getting carried away as it was only WBAs reserves but you could see in his whole game ‘Thou shall not pass’, hopefully it will make Bernd take notice, be a better keeper and we can flog him for 75 million🤣

    I think I have a new favourite Aaron 👍

  5. JW says:

    I notice that it was Johnstone who got selected for the England squad, not Ramsdale.

    But then Johnstone has only been relegated once.

    For those of you who watched our great victory against the Dagenham Girl Pipers, should be really worried.

    Everybody was waxing lyrical about our attackers, and bashing our defense. I noticed this particularly amongst the idiots who give out player ratings.

    The fact that our defending in this game was not very good should tell you why we will be in trouble this season.
    We will NOT be scoring 6 goals against any Premier League teams this season, but if we continue to rush forward and leave the defense wide open, we will certainly ship goals.

    I think the way the team played in this game gives me more concern than hope for the upcoming season.

    Defending should be done by the entire team, not just left to a few isolated defenders.

    Our forwards played like they had only one thing on their mind – scoring.

    Let’s see if Arteta can fix this!!

  6. Man of Few Words says:

    Goodbye Bernd !

  7. Biscuitbum says:

    After all the negative trolling from ‘so called’ Arsenal supporters, Ramsdale could have been forgiven for being a little nervous and tentative, but no. This was the confident performance from a young man confident in his own abilities. His distribution was solid, his passing was accurate, and occasionally incisive; something Leno has been lacking of late. Although he wasn’t exactly stretched, the 4 saves he made were executed efficiently, and without fuss. Something will be wrong if this doesn’t spur Leno on to raise his game. However, if any of the goals we concede tomorrow, (hopefully not many), can be put down to Leno, I would expect Ramsdale to come in against Norwich.

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