Excellent since his arrival at Arsenal this summer, the Gunners goalkeeper now hopes to win in the Three Lions.
« I think he was great. Not only from a technical point of view, but because of what he transmits: his energy, his understanding with his defense, his way of reacting, I find that he was great. » On September 11, Mikel Arteta praised Aaron Ramsdale after the final whistle in the game against Norwich. For his first tenure, the new Arsenal goalkeeper had displayed all his qualities. A hailed and salutary performance since it had contributed to the success of the Gunners (1-0), who then collected their first points in the Premier League after three straight losses.
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A convincing start with Arsenal
The Spanish coach logically returned him to the cage for the following matches. This choice coincided with the revival for the London club: two victories, a draw and above all a single goal conceded. In a few weeks, the British doorman has totally eclipsed Bernd Leno, usual holder of the post since the summer of 2018 and his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen. Not that surprising. If Arsenal paid € 28m this summer to snatch Aaron Ramsdale from Bournemouth, it was probably not to leave him on the bench. Especially since its characteristics correspond exactly to the game that the Gunners are trying to deploy: « On long balls, he has this ability in the construction phase to find spaces or to look further when the pressure is strong.», Appreciated Mikel Arteta after the success of his family on the lawn of Burnley (0-1). Its integration was quick and clear.
Back in English selection ….
His transfer to a more upscale formation and his good kicking game seduced Gareth Southgate, who decided to call on his services for England’s qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup against Andorra and Hungary. « I think moving to a club with high expectations, a style where you ask him to build with the feet from the back, which he handles very well with, is a big factor for us when I watch the bigger games in particular, greeted the British disconnector at a press conference. He has adapted really well to this movement. His performances this season have been full of confidence.«
The 23-year-old goaltender is no stranger to the Three Lions, however. Last June, he was called up for Euro 2020 to compensate for the injury of Dean Henderson, forfeited for the rest of the competition. If he hadn’t played a single minute, he had nevertheless experienced the great English adventure from the inside – and the final disappointment. Absent for the meetings in September, Aaron Ramsdale is therefore back with his national team. And for once, its selection is not based on any package but only on its performance. « Nick [Pope, le portier de Burney, ndlr] Still coming back from the injury he suffered and Aaron is just in better shape at the momentGareth Southgate explained.
… with the number one position in sight
This time, the Arsenal goalkeeper does not intend to make up the figure. He intends to continue his evolution … and discover international games. But he doesn’t want to settle for the crumbs, he literally wants to carve out the lion’s share « I am convinced that, yes, I can take the place of number one [en sélection anglaise]. First of all, I have to join the team and that’s one of my goals at the moment. I’m just trying to learn and take it step by step, but over time that’s one of my aspirations« , He confided in remarks reported by The Guardian. Jordan Pickford, holder of the England team, is warned.
This determination – some would speak of arrogance – the Chesterton native draws it from his career and the obstacles he has had to overcome. At 15, he was rejected by Bolton. An experience that marked her deeply: “The only way not to have this feeling again was to believe in myself», He assures us. Then, after joining Bournemouth in the winter of 2017, the goalkeeper was loaned to FC Chesterfield, in League Two (English fourth division) and then to AFC Wimbledon in League One (third division); far from the big Premier League posters that he now plays: « I don’t think I have yet realized the path I have taken. I had a little snippet when we played at Wimbledon and got to see my old goalkeeper coach and it brought back all the good memories of that time – where I’m from», He specifies. This Saturday, on the occasion of the qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup against Andorra, Aaron Ramsdale hopes to honor his first minutes with the English jersey. « The greater the pressure, the more I flourish», He explains. Will he have his chance?