Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed his very first impression of Aaron Ramsdale before the Englishman joined the club in the summer.
The Gunners’ interest in the 23-year-old last summer came as a shock to many. Very few people felt that signing Ramsdale was a smart move, but Arteta ignored everybody and decided to go with what he felt was the right decision.
The Spaniard was quizzed about the move today and he revealed that he noticed Ramsdale’s character the very first time he spoke to him on the phone.
What Mikel Arteta realised after speaking to Aaron Ramsdale for the very first time
Arteta faced the media today ahead of his side’s home game against Southampton.
Asked when he first realised that Ramsdale had great character, he said, as per Arsenal.com: “The day I spoke with him for the first time on the phone.
“That is when I realised he had a special personality and was going to fit in really well with what we are trying to do, and the way we want our players to behave.”
The Insider’s View:
Almost every Arsenal fan owes Ramsdale and Arteta an apology. Even the ones who believed that the Englishman was a good goalkeeper wouldn’t have expected him to have the kind of impact he has had already.
Ramsdale’s quality as a goalkeeper is the most important aspect, but the way he commands his area and the players around him deserves praise too. His personality has been outstanding since he made his debut. Everyone is convinced that he’ll be a mainstay in our squad for the better part of the next decade.
Arsenal take on Southampton tomorrow and Ramsdale will again be one of our most important players. He hasn’t really been at fault in our recent defeats, but he, like most of his teammates, will have to step up to help us get back to winning ways tomorrow.