Arsenal’s new number one keeper has quickly won over the hearts and minds of Gooners since joining the club in late August. The fan (and media) reaction to the signing was decidedly mixed, with many people questioning why the Gunners would splash the cash on a keeper when they have Bernd Leno in the fold.
Ramsdale has yet to lose a match between the posts (3-2-0) and has picked up three clean sheets (would have been four but for Spurs scoring while Granit Xhaka was down, seriously injured) along the way. His command of the area is impressive, his distribution better than I expected it would be, and it’s clear that he is a vocal leader at the back.
We (myself definitely included) scoff at players geeing up and aggressively clapping for teammates, but it can have a positive effect. Several times, Ramsdale has been the first to pick a teammate up off the ground, defend one when an opponent was standing over them, or roar at them when they make a good play. Guys notice and feed off that. It’s in the category of those soft factors that defies numerical categorization but anybody who has played the game will tell you that they notice it.
And now he can add another superlative (?) to his resume: throw-in taker.
As the clock ticked down and Arsenal chased an equalizer against Crystal Palace, Aaron Ramsdale found himself the most expedient throw-in taker. In fact, it happened twice. Per Opta Editor Harvey Downes, it was the first time a keeper had taken multiple throw-ins since Joe Hart took three for Manchester City against QPR in 2012.
Ramsdale had a bit of fun with it on his Instagram.
I love the guy and not just because we share a name (but that definitely helps). His smile and positive attitude have won me over. Ramsdale hive forever.