What Ramsdale's saves against Leicester led Rodgers to tell Arsenal man
Aaron Ramsdale’s saves against Leicester this season prompted Brendan Rodgers to tell the goalkeeper that he did not want to come up against him again, the Arsenal star has told That Peter Crouch Podcast.
Ramsdale has enjoyed an outstanding first season at the Emirates. Certainly, few could have imagined just how good the goalkeeper would prove to be. Many – including this particular writer – felt that the Gunners were making a terrible error spending so much on a stopper who had just been relegated with Sheffield United.
But the 23-year-old has been a revelation. He is now an England international. And Arsenal have their potential number one for the next decade right there.
Any compilation of his first season at the Emirates would undoubtedly include a number of stops from the two games against Leicester City.
The Gunners won both games 2-0. And on both occasions, they were grateful to Ramsdale for the saves he made against Leicester.
In the first fixture, he produced an absolutely outrageous stop to deny James Maddison’s stunning free-kick. And he followed that by denying Harvey Barnes at the Emirates.
‘Oh my word’
That save from Ramsdale clearly prompted Leicester boss Rodgers to express his disbelief on the touchline. And it turns out that he had some words for the Arsenal goalkeeper after the full-time whistle.
“It was quite funny we had an England camp a few weeks later and I know Madders quite a bit, and a few of the Leicester lads, so after the game [I spoke to them],” he told That Peter Crouch Podcast.
“Then in the home game I made another decent save off Harvey Barnes and Brendan Rodgers’ reaction was ‘oh my word’.
“He spoke to me after and said I don’t want to play against you.”
Ramsdale’s saves against Leicester amongst the highlights in brilliant first season at Arsenal
Few could have imagined that Ramsdale would take the number one spot at Arsenal so quickly. It seemed that he was set to play a backup role to Bernd Leno for some time before pushing for an opportunity.
But Arteta has been vindicated for wanting the youngster, and then putting his faith in him. He has been amazing for much of the season.
And Ramsdale’s saves against Leicester may well be the highlight.
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