Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has reacted to his shirt number change at Arsenal ahead of the new campaign.
THE LOWDOWN: GREAT START
Aaron Ramsdale’s signing from Sheffield United received negative criticisms from the fans. The £30 million Englishman soon proved his doubters wrong by establishing himself in Mikel Arteta’s team to become number one.
The shot-stopper made 34 Premier League appearances for Arsenal and kept 14 clean sheets. After his impressive performances in the iconic red and white jersey, he was handed his England debut in November last year.
Since then he has made three appearances for the Three Lions and will be in serious contention of starting as England’s number 1 in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. Just 12 months down the line, the 24-year-old has grown to become a true fan favourite.
THE LATEST: DELIGHT AT NUMBER CHANGE
Arsenal have confirmed that Aaron Ramsdale will have the number 1 squad number ahead of the new season.
This comes barely 24 hours after German goalkeeper Bernd Leno completed his move to Premier League newsboys Fulham.
Speaking about the number switch, Ramsdale said;
“I’m very proud and honoured to be taking this massively prestigious number. Some of the greats have worn this shirt and hopefully, I can emulate how they performed on and off the pitch and also add a twist of my personality to it as well.”
The former Sheffield United and Bournemouth man also thanked Leno for helping him settle in North London.
“To Bernd Leno, I wish nothing but happiness and greatness on your new adventure. Thank you for showing me the ropes and I hope I can hold myself as graceful as you did in the shirt.”
THE VERDICT: BIG SEASON AHEAD
Ramsdale’s new number is just a formality from Arsenal. It was clear early on from his services for the club that he had established himself as number 1, despite his number 32 at the time not reflecting that.
The young goalkeeper has won the fans over with his excellent performances last season and this is yet another defining campaign for him.
New arrival Matt Turner is expected to be his deputy, while being the undisputed number one at a club like Arsenal comes with a lot of responsibility. The Chesterton-born goalkeeper can only do better from here on.