Arsenal have announced the signing of Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United, and David Seaman has delivered his verdict on the Englishman.
The Gunners simply had to sign a new goalkeeper this summer. Bernd Leno had nobody to compete with and as we saw last season, that leads to complacency which in turn opens the door for costly mistakes.
A new goalkeeper was a priority and Arteta has decided to go with Ramsdale. Fans clearly have their doubts, but club legend Seaman has noticed some surprising similarities between himself and the Arsenal new boy.
Seaman: There are similarities between me and Ramsdale
He told TalkSport: “There’s a lot of similarities to when I joined Arsenal. I was England’s number three at the World Cup in 1990, Ramsdale has done the same. I started getting a load of stick because the fans didn’t want me.
“They were all singing ‘Lukic is better than Seaman’ and ‘You’ll never play for Arsenal’. There are some similarities and hopefully, he will go on to have a very good career at Arsenal. He’s still learning, you can see that.
“Will he walk into the team? I don’t think so. I think what he’s got to do is get in training, impress the manager and get the respect of the lads as well.”
The Insider’s View:
Most Arsenal fans preferred someone other than Ramsdale this summer and everyone has their own reasons for that. However, Arteta and Edu have seen something in the Englishman that has convinced them that he’s right for us.
The Arsenal bosses have been wrong in the past, but so have the fans. Many predicted that Seaman wouldn’t succeed as a Gunner, but he’s arguably the greatest goalkeeper in the history of our football club.
Ramsdale’s a Gunner now and it’s our job to give him all the support he needs. With proper guidance and the fans’ backing, he could turn out to be an incredible player for us for the better part of the next decade.