'It's unusual to see': Gary Neville spotted what Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale did in the 67th minute yesterday
Gary Neville and Martin Tyler picked up a sign that Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale may have been more nervous for his first North London derby than his performance showed yesterday during their live commentary on Sky Sports.
Hiding the nerves
Ramsdale was given the nod to start for Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur and he helped the Gunners to a 3-1 victory over their biggest rivals.
Ramsdale looked totally assured in everything he did during the contest, although he wasn’t always the busiest of goalkeepers.
But in the 67th minute, he may just have shown a sign that he was nervous.
With Thomas Partey down injured, Ramsdale went over the Arsenal bench with what appeared to be a touch of cramp.
He quickly received some treatment and an energy sachet before returning to his goal to great applause.
But both Tyler and Neville noticed the goalkeeper’s issue, and attributed the problem to what could have been nervous energy.
“An interesting medical side issue here, Ramsdale has run across to the Arsenal medic to get some salt tablets for a spot of cramp,” Tyler said.
“He hasn’t perhaps been overworked but maybe it’s a bit of nerves in his first North London derby.”
And Neville responded: “It’s unusual to see a goalkeeper get cramp, but it is a big day for him and it’s going well!”
If Ramsdale was feeling apprehensive he certainly channeled that energy in the right way.
Even after showing signs that he may have been feeling some muscle fatigue, he still had enough fuel in the tank to produce some excellent saves.
Ramsdale parried away a shot from Harry Kane late on, and he produced a magnificent stop to tip a dipping Lucas Moura shot on to the crossbar.
The English goalkeeper has made a hugely impressive start to life at the Emirates Stadium and already appears to have forced his way into to become the Gunners’ number one now.
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