‘It’s phenomenal’: Rio Ferdinand says Arsenal have a 23-year-old in ‘inspired’ form before Old Trafford trip

'It's phenomenal': Rio Ferdinand says Arsenal have a 23-year-old in 'inspired' form before Old Trafford trip

Rio Ferdinand has labelled the form of Aaron Ramsdale phenomenal as he discussed the impact of the Arsenal goalkeeper’s signing in the summer on his YouTube channel.

Ramsdale is certainly a contender for the Premier League signing of the season when you consider how many reacted when it emerged that the Gunners wanted to sign the 23-year-old.

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He initially began the season on the bench. However, Mikel Arteta handed him his chance in the top flight after the first international break.

And he has gone on to take the opportunity with both hands. He has produced some incredible saves for Arsenal, including on Saturday when Jonjo Shelvey’s long-range effort was tipped over.

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It was a stunning stop. And Ferdinand claimed that his form has taken him aback ahead of Arsenal facing Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday.

“Ramsdale’s been an inspired signing,” he told his YouTube channel. “There was a lot of people doubting. He’s had two or three relegations in his young career.

“But the saves he’s making on a regular basis, he’s actually enabling [Arsenal] to keep clean sheets. Six clean sheets in 10 games, it’s phenomenal.”

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Arsenal have certainly benefitted from having a more settled defence. Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes have been superb for much of the last few months.

Meanwhile, Nuno Tavares and Kieran Tierney are engaged in a battle for the left-back spot. Arsenal will benefit massively from giving Tierney some genuine competition.

But Ramsdale has been there to save Arsenal when he has been needed. Even in defeat at Anfield this month, many were blown away by his performance.

There are still likely to be times when Ramsdale’s form may dip. It is easy to forget how much he struggled in the early stages of his spell with Sheffield United.

But there is no question that he has shut a lot of people up with his form for Arsenal.

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