'This little skinny kid': Jack Wilshere says Arsenal have a truly 'unbelievable' player in their ranks
Arsenal cult hero Jack Wilshere has lauded Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, in conversation with talkSPORT.
The 24-year-old is a fan favourite at the Emirates Stadium and looks set to be first-choice for many years to come.
In addition, Ramsdale has made the cut for the England squad that’ll be heading to Qatar for the World Cup.
The Arsenal stopper has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence in the past few years.
When the Gunners signed him in 2021, fan reaction to his arrival was mixed at best.
Some fans thought £30million on a back-up goalkeeper was too much.
Others were concerned over his back-to-back relegations with Bournemouth and Sheffield United.
However, it didn’t take Ramsdale long to dethrone Bernd Leno as first-choice in between the Arsenal sticks.
‘He’s so important’
Wilshere played alongside Ramsdale at Bournemouth, and he recalled when the keeper first arrived on the south coast.
“I was at Bournemouth on loan, and we signed him in January,” he told talkSPORT.
“And this little skinny kid came in and he was the nicest boy, the most humble boy.
“He was so humble, wanted to learn, was really respectful and obviously he had some ability as well.
“His ability to save these unbelievable saves he was pulling off, so when you see that in a goalie you’re thinking, ‘yeah he’s got something’.
“But he must have had the ability to play with his feet like he does, because you don’t just learn that.
“That’s something he’s obviously picked up over the years, but he can always do it, and it depends what team he plays in.
“In the Arsenal team, he’s so important to them because he starts the attack, he creates everything.
“But I’m just so happy for him from where he’s gone, because he went through hell when he first signed for Arsenal – everyone was doubting him.
“The two years before that he had two relegations. That builds something inside of you, that hunger and fight in you that you can’t just give to someone and he’s got that.
“And he’s a great lad as well, so whether he plays – I think he should play for England – whether he plays or not, it will be great to have him around the group.”
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