Aaron Ramsdale returned to the Arsenal side as the Gunners beat Brentford to qualify for the next round of the Carabao Cup, where they have been drawn against West Ham United at the London Stadium.
Aaron Ramsdale has been dropped to the bench by Mikel Arteta over the last three games with David Raya starting the last two Premier League games, including the North London Derby and also started against PSV in the Champions League last week too.
Some fans felt it was harsh on the Arsenal number one to lose his spot in the side and others doubted Aaron Ramsdale would have the fight to win his shirt back, however tonight I think he proved he’s ready for the challenge.
Aaron Ramsdale kept a clean sheet at the Gtech Community Stadium on Wednesday night while also producing an incredible save in the second-half which showed a glimpse of the 25-year-old being back to his best in an Arsenal shirt which will no doubt please Mikel Arteta.
The Arsenal away fans were singing Aaron Ramsdale’s name from the first minute as they made their support clear to the Arsenal keeper. Mikel Arteta on the reception received by Ramsdale from the Arsenal fans: “We love him more for sure. We have him every day. We know him, we know his character and we are really happy to have him.”
Mikel Arteta on if it more difficult to leave Ramsdale out when you consider how big he was last season: “Every player is very important. We have a lot of injuries as well and players who contributed. But in football it’s about now, it’s about the moment. Today he had the opportunity to play and he played a really big game.”
Mikel Arteta then produced a brilliant response to another question on Aaron Ramsdale: “I don’t think I’m the one to answer the question about Aaron Ramsdale’s quality because I’m the person who signed him when no one else believed in him.”
It’s brutally true from Mikel Arteta as he insists he still believes in Aaron Ramsdale despite him losing his place in the team over the last two weeks.
Aaron Ramsdale will be hoping his performance tonight will be enough to win his place back in the Premier League when Arsenal take on Bournemouth this weekend.
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