From his vital saves, to his brilliant sh*thousery, here is a piece on Ramsdale’s MOTM performance in the North London Derby.
There were many outstanding performances for Arsenal during yesterday’s North London Derby: Partey, Odegaard, Gabriel, etc… But, my MOTM goes to the Arsenal’s goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. From his saves on the pitch, his top quality distribution to his shithousing, Ramsdale today was the complete package & everything you want from a keeper in a NLD away from home.
Although Arsenal completely dominated the game, Tottenham did have their fair share of chances. That is where Aaron Ramsdale comes in. The Arsenal keeper stood tall when he needed and made some HUGE saves throughout the game.
While the result on the board was 1-0, Sessegnon played a fantastic ball in behind Arsenal’s defence to Son, who all of a sudden faced Ramsdale one on one. However, Arsenal’s keeper was quick off his line and thwarted Son’s shot with his feet. That save proved to be very important, since not too long after that Arsenal scored a second and set the final score.
In the 45th minute, just before the break, little confusion from Zinchenko allowed Doherty to cross the ball to Kane who had a very good position in the box for a header. Unfortunately for him, Ramsdale was at the highest level and saved Kane’s header, pretty comfortably in the end.
In the second half, Ramsdale had another two big saves, one from Kane’s shot just on the edge of the box, and the other one was a wonder save with his left foot, saving Ryan Sessegnon’s low shot heading straight into the corner.
His passes and his link-up play are the two things that separates him from the other keepers and this game was no different. The way he sprays his passes and starts our play is absolutely crucial to this side and a big reason why we are playing so well right now.
He stated in the post-match interview that the boss mentioned before the match how Arsenal hadn’t kept a clean sheet in a North London Derby for a long time, which made him even more fired up to get the job done yesterday.
The last thing to address was the way he wound up all the Tottenham fans behind the goal, which every Arsenal fan absolutely loves.
Throughout the whole game, Ramsdale had Spurs fans on the ropes, with his exaggerated celebrations to pointing at the Arsenal badge. He was loving it.
He said that the opposition fans were verbally abusing him throughout the match which he loves, and he can’t help it but give some back.
During the game he was giving it to the Spurs players whenever they would come near him. The player who seemed to be rattled the most was Richarlison. The Brazilian confronted Ramsdale after the game and raised his hand in the direction of the Arsenal keepers face.
Rambo just laughed it off and started walking towards his towel and his bottle, and that is where the circus started. While he was escorted to pick his stuff up, one Tottenham supporter went all the way to the pitch, climbed on the sidelines, and kicked him.
There’s no place for that anywhere in football but that didn’t stop Mikel Arteta and his team run to the other side of the ground where the Arsenal fans were to celebrate with them at full-time.
Arsenal were terrific, but Ramsdale was the best player on the pitch and that says something considering The Gunners were so good going forward yesterday.
Gunning for glory. Bring on United next.