Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has now claimed that he prefers conceding goals at the Emirates than away from home.
Ramsdale and the Arsenal defence have come in for criticism following a lack of clean sheets at home, with the Gunners also conceding in the first minute of matches three times in the last 10 home matches.
Arsenal’s away form by comparison, sees the side concede less and keep more clean sheets. Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet in three home games this season, whilst they are also yet to concede on the road.
Speaking to Astro Sports following Arsenal’s victory over Manchester United, Ramsdale explained why conceding at home is better than conceding away, and also admitted that the side are trying to eradicate their sloppy defensive errors.
“We want a clean sheet. We want to be in control of every game, and in every situation we know that’s not going to be possible all the time,” he stated.
“Conceding goals at home is easier than conceding away. We have the fans behind us, we’re always going to be in the game.
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“We know that we’ve got time and we play the Arsenal way and we showed that today, so of course we want to eradicate it.
“It’s not the end of the world when we concede but trust me, we are doing everything we can to eradicate it out of games.”
Arsenal’s moments of chaos
Arsenal have dominated all of their Premier League games so far, and whilst they may have not attacked with the same fluency seen last season, the only things stopping Mikel Arteta’s side from being on maximum points right now, are these defensive errors.
Systematically, Arsenal have dominated possession, but have given cheap goals away through lapses in concentration and poor passses. The goal against Man United, which saw the visitors take the lead, stemmed from a misplaced pass by Kai Havertz, and a failure to close Marcus Rashford down properly.
Arsenal still went on to win the game despite conceding in the first half, emphasising Ramsdale’s point about the team’s ability to find victory in adversity, but a poor moment led to Fulham scoring a late equaliser from a set piece last week, meaning Arsenal dropped points.
It is still early in the season, but Arsenal have to cut down on these moments which then mean that the games become more chaotic as they attempt to come back from behind in every game. Whilst it may be entertaining, it may not be sustainable when challenging at the top of the table.