Mikel Arteta reacts to Aaron Ramsdale debut in Arsenal win
Mikel Arteta has suggested that he is really happy for Aaron Ramsdale after the goalkeeper made his Arsenal debut in their Carabao Cup win at West Brom – in comments reported by Football London.
The Gunners have their first win of the campaign after thrashing the Championship side 6-0 at the Hawthorns.
It was a much-needed victory and performance for Arteta’s men. And there were a number of positives to take from the display.
Of course, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a hat-trick. Alexandre Lacazette also got a goal. Meanwhile, a number of the fringe players did well.
But there were also two impressive debuts from Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard. The pair certainly made a promising start as they look to prove to their doubters that they will be good signings this season.
Ramsdale kept a clean sheet and managed to make a number of good saves. And after the game, Arteta was asked whether it was a perfect debut for the Englishman.
“Yes, really happy for him,” he said, as reported by Football London. “He hasn’t trained a lot with us but you can see the quality that he has. He’s a really young goalkeeper.
“He’s done a lot already in the league, you can see the personality he has when he plays.”
Ramsdale should push Bernd Leno after encouraging Arsenal debut
It seems unlikely that Arteta will keep Ramsdale in between the sticks for the clash with Manchester City this weekend.
The former Sheffield United man is surely likely to have to wait for the cup games for opportunities initially.
But his display on Wednesday shows that Bernd Leno cannot get complacent.
Arsenal have surely signed Ramsdale to eventually succeed Leno at the Emirates.
And if the German lets his standards slip, Arteta may have little problem making a change sooner than expected.