Aaron Ramsdale’s excellent distribution skills caught the eyes of Arsenal fans during the Gunners’ 1-0 win away to Burnley
Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale impressed during Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
The 23-year-old started ahead of Germany international Bernd Leno, who hasn’t played for the Gunners since their 5-0 loss to Manchester City last month.
Ramsdale commanded his area throughout the Turf Moor contest, making five aerial claims and three saves as he kept another clean sheet, his third in three games for Mikel Arteta’s side.
The former Sheffield United no.1’s distribution was extremely notable, registering six successful long balls, including one in the second half that had Arsenal fans comparing him to Manchester City shot-stopper Ederson.
The Englishman scanned his options after he had claimed the ball following a Burnley cross before delivering a pin-point long-range pass straight to the feet of club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who helped create a glorious opportunity for Emile Smith Rowe, who had his shot saved by Nick Pope.
The distribution displayed by Ramsdale is exactly what Leno had been criticised for lacking during his tenure in between the sticks and Arsenal fans took to social media to praise their new ‘keeper.
@afcjxmes: “Ramsdale is proactive, Leno was reactive. It makes a massive difference.”
@ltarsenal: “Aaron Ramsdale easily man of the match. Commanded the box so well, his distribution was top and made a goal-saving tackle.
@gaming_jnr: “Aaron Ramsdale is actually so much better for us than Leno right now. Great signing.”
@OT_419: “What a save from Ramsdale.”
@afcpadraig: “Ramsdale’s distribution man. It’s like I’m watching Ederson.”
@No0neCaresMate: “Ramsdale is better than ederson.”
Ramsdale recently sent Leno a clear warning that he is more than capable of becoming a permanent fixture in Arteta’s starting lineup.
He said, via the Mirror: “I don’t know what the manager is going to do. This might have just been a tactical tweak so it is my responsibility to force him to carry on picking me, which is something I have to do on a daily basis.
“Me and Bernd will be very competitive in a good, healthy way, and hopefully I can stay in the team.
“You have got to be ready to play as a goalkeeper. You don’t know when anything is going to happen. I’m ready every week.”
The former Bournemouth shot-stopper will hope to keep his place in the team next weekend as Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in the highly-anticipated first North London Derby of the season.