Ramsdale reveals Mikel Arteta’s prediction for him when he joined Arsenal

Aaron Ramsdale joined Arsenal in the summer after being relegated for the second time from the Premier League with Sheffield United.

The England goalie joined the Gunners following a series of errors from their former number one, Bernd Leno.

The German had been the club’s first choice for a long time, but he needed to perform better to keep his role in the team.

He didn’t make those necessary changes, and it made it easy for the outstanding Ramsdale to become the club’s number one.

The former Bournemouth goalie has now revealed that Mikel Arteta had predicted it might take as much as six months or a year before he became Arsenal’s first choice.

He tells The Peter Crouch Podcast as quoted by Mirror Football: “The manager was upfront with me and said ‘it might take you a year, it might take you six months but we don’t see you as a number two, it just depends on how the teams doing’.

“I think thankfully for me we were in a tough moment at the start of the season and I got thrown in and I managed to just play with some of my confidence and yeah, stayed in the team. I think it always helps when, obviously, Bernd (Leno) is a top keeper and a professional, it’s so much easier to stay switched on than someone that sort of just tosses off.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Everyone gets their chance to shine in life. You just have to be prepared to take it when it comes.

Ramsdale did just that, and as they say, the rest is history. He has continued to improve and we would certainly have him in goal for a long time.

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  1. Yet another great signing from Arteta! Love Ramsdale!!

    Best keeper we’ve had since Lehmann.

  2. Love this kid. His energy & passion is contagious to where each fan feels all the emotions he shows on the pitch with him. Top Keeper for all the age of him too, alot of bad experiences of relegation etc have made him so much stronger. Great signing

    Tomi – Great signing instantly
    Øde – Good Signing, could be great

    Lokonga & Taveres just aren’t ready yet though the latter showed promise when he 1st arrived and was thrown in at the deep end. His confidence is shot by the looks of it, scares me and probably loads more fans when teams attack his side.

    Let’s see what this summer brings, hopefully a few top players if we manage to get UCL football again, esp a goal scoring no9 & a battling midfielder, the William returns too.

  3. Massive massive signing.

    This signing has taught me a thing or two about the gaffer.

    Must admit I was totally against this signing, my word , how he had proven me wrong, in Ramsdale we didn’t just buy a goalie, he is a top top young goal keeper for the future.

    This shot stopper brings so much to the table
    he is partly responsible for the compadre running through the team, his passion and energy on full display ever so present.

    I remember watching a match at the end he was directing the team members to go over and acknowledge the fan, this guy is a joy to watch.

  4. Arteta has always kept it honest and open with all his players. He’s been labeled as Dicteta and all sorts of abusive names. Good thing, these players don’t care about what y’all outsiders say

    1. So somehow you believe Ramsdale but not Leno ,who publicly accused Arteta of lying is that it?

      1. Yeah right. The same Leno who has been a professional all through this season.
        He came out to say he’s not been happy with the situation but ready to fight back.

        “There was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance,” Leno said. “He (Arteta) is the trainer, he decides. Of course, it’s difficult for me”

        Then Arteta responded to a question from the media with

        “I had a very clear conversation with him 48 hours before I was going to make the decision,” Arteta said. “Obviously any conversation I have with him is completely private and I’m not going to speak with any media about it.”

        So, what now?

        1. Bernd Leno has admitted he could seek a January transfer after losing his spot as Arsenal No 1 to Aaron Ramsdale, while claiming Mikel Arteta has given him “no clear reason” for his decision.
          Leno, who has not made a Premier League appearance since Aug. 28, gave an interview to German newspaper Sport Bild on Wednesday in which he claimed “there was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance.

  5. Ramsdale is the ginger sauce of the team. He has been able to gain the trust of the fans with his outstanding performances and hopefully he will retain the number 1 shirt for many years. I admire his confidence on the ball and distributions from the back likened to Neaur (Bayern) and City GK.

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