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'Ridiculously well': Rio Ferdinand says 23-year-old Arsenal talent will be a top player 'for years to come'

Rio Ferdinand has said that Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale will be a top player “for years to come”.

The Premier League legend was speaking on the latest episode of Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.

Ferdinand and co-hosts Joel Beya and Stephen Howson went over their picks for the league’s top players this season.

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Ramsdale was in the running for Signing of the Season alongside the likes of Luis Diaz and Bruno Guimaraes.

Arsenal signed the 23-year-old in August last year for a fee that could reportedly rise to £30million.

At the time, there was a mixed reaction from the Gunners fanbase.

Some questioned his credentials in wake of back-to-back relegations with Bournemouth and Sheffield United.

Others, meanwhile, wondered whether £30million on an apparent back-up goalkeeper was worth it.

Now, virtually nobody is questioning Arsenal’s decision to sign Ramsdale, or the player’s quality.

He quickly made the first-choice gloves his own and has played a huge part in the Gunners’ push for the top four.

Ferdinand gave the Signing of the Season gong to Liverpool’s Diaz, but gave a special mention to Ramsdale.

“Aaron Ramsdale, yep,” said Ferdinand.

“He started the season ridiculously well, being talked about to play for England.

“He’ll be a top keeper for years to come.”

In addition to impressing on the pitch, Ramsdale is popular in the dressing room and has become a fan favourite.

Best of all, he’s still very young, particularly for a goalkeeper.

So Arsenal really have struck gold with Ramsdale.

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