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Alan Shearer praises 'cocky' Arsenal player for north London derby display
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Alan Shearer praises 'cocky' Arsenal player for north London derby display

Alan Shearer has told The Athletic that he thinks Arsenal shot stopper Aaron Ramsdale is really ‘confident and cocky’ as he praised his north London derby display. 

Ramsdale played a key role for the Gunners on Sunday as they managed to pick up their first league win away to Tottenham since 2014. 

The Gunners blew Spurs away in the first-half and stormed into a 2-0 lead. Martin Odegaard scored a stunning long-range goal after Hugo Lloris fumbled the ball into his own net after some neat play from Bukayo Saka down the right-hand side. 

But Arsenal relied on Ramsdale to ensure they kept their two goal lead in the second-half and the Englishman certainly stepped up. He made a string of impressive saves to deny Ryan Sessegnon, Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski. 

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Arsenal managed to see out an impressive victory as Ramsdale kept Spurs at bay. And the shot stopper celebrated in-front of the south stand at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by kissing the Gunners badge and sticking his tongue out. 

Ramsdale was involved in a confrontation with Richarlison before he was kicked by a Tottenham supporter as he tried to collect his water bottle. 

And Shearer feels the Arsenal man is certainly not to blame for the incident and praised his performance in the north London derby. 

Shearer praises Ramsdale

Writing in his latest column for The Athletic, Shearer praised Ramsdale and Arteta for walking away from the conflict after the game. 

“There was an obvious, obnoxious exception. Ramsdale, by the way, was superb throughout the match, confident and cocky, and no blame should be attached to him for what happened afterwards as he bent down to retrieve a water bottle. So what if he kissed his badge?,” Shearer said. 

“And it’s OK that, isn’t it, to get some and give some in return, even if it’s just a little bit? Or because players get paid decent money do we think they should just take it, soak up abuse and plough on like robots? 

“Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any other environment, certainly not connected to leisure or entertainment, where stuff like this is normalised to the extent it is in football. Fair play to Ramsdale and Arsenal for pulling back from more confrontation.” 

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Rasmdale was exceptional on Sunday and was deservedly handed the Man of the Match award. 

The signing of the Englishman certainly raised some eyebrows as Arsenal paid £30 million for a goalkeeper who had been relegated with Bournemouth. 

But he’s proving to be one of Arteta’s most important signings and is clearly becoming even more influential in bigger games now. 

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