Why Aaron Ramsdale was key to Arsenal’s win over Tottenham

What an exciting time to be a Gooner! This past weekend was everything a Gooner could have wished for.

Manchester City dropped points again this weekend, falling 2-1 to archrival Manchester United. This meant that if Arsenal beat their North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday night, they would go 8 points clear.

When Arsenal is “asked” to win, they almost always do so. Arsenal were too strong for Tottenham, winning 2-0 thanks to an own goal by Hugo Lloris and a fantastic shot from Martin Odegaard in the first half. The victory keeps Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings with 47 points, eight points ahead of second-placed Manchester City.

Much can be attributed to the victory over the Spurs, but it would be unfair to ignore the shift Arsenal’s defence put in. Tottenham fielded arguably their best attack in Harry Kane, Son, and Richarlison to outscore Arsenal, but it didn’t work out.

The Gunner’s defence was as alert as a bird, anticipating and dealing with every challenge thrown their way. Yes, the defenders made a significant contribution, but Aaron Ramsdale was arguably Arsenal’s best player against Spurs.

He faced seven shots and came up with seven big saves. The Arsenal goalkeeper made save after save to keep Spurs from scoring, and Kane was unable to add to his previous 15 goals against Arsenal.

You can doubt many things at this point, but you can’t doubt Arsenal’s ability to win, because all they know is winning. And Ramsdale is certainly a key part of that formula….

Daniel O


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  1. Worth every penny of his transfer fee. Finally we actually have a goalkeeper of the caliber of Seaman. And the back four aka GG days. The MF is replicate of Mikel’s playing days, cool calm and attack minded. Forward three he copied the fluid play of Pep (or did Pep learn from Mikle? Pep looks lost these days even after hiring Halaand)

  2. Ramsdale is improving as he matures, and in Turner, we have a very able deputy.Without wishing to pour cold water on what was a very effective team performance,in the second half Zinchenko and Xhaka did not provide much support for Martinelli, who, not unexpectedly, was unable to make much of an impression..They needed to give the youngster more options but when he received the ball he seemed to be faced with multiple markers.Neither Zinchenko nor Xhaka have the pace to create space for Martinelli by running off the ball, hence the problems which arose down the left flank.Thankfully Gabriel was once again a pillar at left CB and was able to mop up potential trouble.

    1. Gabriel is VERY OFTEN a pillar, Grandad.

      Does that mean you are now beginning to rate him, after you consistently underrating him IMO?

    2. @Grandad
      If we play Zinchenko on the left against MU, they’ll have a field day going down the left flank…Just sayin.

  3. It didn’t feel like we had too much trouble at the back, I was suprised reading that they had seven or eight shots that needed saving, I remember two or three big moments from Ramsdale. On reflection, he probably is good for the man of the match award. But yet again, it was a superb team performance, collectively, we are the s**t

  4. Fancy the scum to get at least a draw at the oil depot. Pep will go ham and play right into Don Conte’s hands! Fingers crossed!

      1. @jon fox
        I totally agree with ya. Pep will have watched the match and set up his team to inflict damage on Spurs. Haaland will wreak havoc on their shoddy defence.

  5. Ramsdale seems to be getting better all the time. Some of his saves yesterday were top drawer, the one he caught when parrying it away would have probably led to a tap-in stood out to me.

    1. Strong agree, that’s a common mistake made by top goalie, making spectacular saves only to parry the ball for a tap in to onrushing members of the opposing team,

      But his all around game is outstanding

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