Paul Merson reacts to Aaron Ramsdale display in Arsenal win
Paul Merson has told Soccer Saturday (broadcast on Sky Sports; 18/9; 16:48) that Aaron Ramsdale was absolutely outstanding as Arsenal beat Burnley at Turf Moor.
The Gunners have their second league win of the campaign. Mikel Arteta’s men beat the Clarets 1-0 thanks to a Martin Odegaard free-kick.
Unsurprisingly, Burnley put the visitors under a lot of pressure. But Arsenal kept another clean sheet, and Ramsdale more than played his part.
As shown by Whoscored, he made three saves. Meanwhile, he also made five claims.
And as the full-time whistle loomed, Merson insisted that the 23-year-old had gone some way to proving him wrong with his performance against Burnley.
“He’s been absolutely outstanding,” he told Soccer Saturday. “I’ve been one of his biggest critics if I’m being honest. But he’s definitely been outstanding.”
Arteta left with simple decision as Arsenal begin to switch focus to North London derby and Merson praises Ramsdale
Arteta was asked during the week about rumours that Bernd Leno had already been told that he would be returning between the sticks for the North London derby.
The Spaniard played down those suggestions. But with Ramsdale coming in without Leno having a shocker along the way, it seemed plausible that he may make another change for the clash with Spurs.
Leno boasts plenty of North London derby experience. Ramsdale meanwhile, has come in against two sides Arsenal realistically should be looking to beat reasonably comfortably.
But surely, Arteta’s decision has been all but made for him.
Admittedly, they have a Carabao Cup tie with Wimbledon on Wednesday. So any final decisions will have to wait until after that tie.
But if Arteta recalls Leno and he does produce a howler against their bitter rivals, the Arsenal boss can expect a lot of criticism to be coming his way.
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