Ramsdale says his dad hates Arsenal's system of playing out from the back
The Englishman joined the Gunners from Sheffield United for £24 million last year (The Athletic). Almost everybody warned Mikel Arteta to pull out of the deal before it was completed, but the Arsenal boss stuck to his guns.
Ramsdale came in and made his Premier League debut against Norwich City at the Emirates. It was a high-pressure game as Arsenal had lost each of their previous three fixtures in the league, but that didn’t faze him at all.
The 24-year-old was solid on his debut and he didn’t look back from that point. He had a tremendous campaign last season, and his distribution – sometimes, just straight balls down the middle of the pitch – is what impressed us the most. Ramsdale has just revealed that his dad absolutely hates that.
Ramsdale’s dad hates Arsenal’s system of playing out from the back
Since Mikel Arteta was appointed as the Arsenal boss, he has insisted on playing out from the back, That has only increased since Ramsdale’s arrival, and the Gunners manager makes his goalkeeper do that every single game, even though it can be really risky.
Ramsdale’s dad is not a fan of that at all.
“He hates it. Hates it,” Ramsdale said about his dad while speaking to CBS Sports. “Especially now, he tells me week in, week out, to stop passing it into midfield because it gives him a heart attack.
“I just say, ‘speak to Mikel.’ He has the boss’s number actually from when we were signing, so every now and then, he says ‘I will’ and I just have to pull him and say ‘No…!’.
“Nah it’s just part and parcel, it’s probably only going to get worse for him the better we do, the more pressure games in the Europa League, hopefully get into the Champions League. You never know, I might play in a World Cup or Euros. So it’s something he’s got to deal with.”
Ramsdale’s dad isn’t the only one who almost gets a heart attack when the Arsenal shot-stopper plays out from the back, every supporter does as well.
The Gunners have had numerous close calls because of the way they play out from the back, but they’ve had a lot of success from that as well – that beautiful Alexandre Lacazette goal against Southampton springs to mind.
Ramsdale playing a straight ball into midfield has helped Arsenal break the opponents’ press on multiple occasions as well. That gives them a lot of space to work with in the middle and final third, which increases their chances of hurting the opposition.
Unfortunately for Ramsdale’s dad, Arteta is unlikely to change his system anytime soon, which means he’ll just have to get used to his son taking all sorts of risks every game.
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