When Aaron Ramsdale completed his £25million move from Sheffield United to Arsenal, there was plenty said about the transfer.
The England international, who impressed for the Blades last season, was the Gunners’ sixth signing of the summer transfer window, with the north London club spending around £132m on those deals.
Ramsdale has come to the Emirates Stadium with Bernd Leno as his rival in between the posts, but is seen as a long-term replacement for the German goalkeeper.
The former Sheffield United shot-stopper made his his debut for the Gunners on Wednesday against West Bromwich Albion in the Carabao Cup.
Former Arsenal star Kevin Campbell, when speaking on Sky Sports ahead of the League Cup tie, praised the bit of business from his old club.
“When I heard they were interested in this young man, I didn’t know too much about him so I had to do some research,” Campbell said.
“When you do your research, he’s in the England squad, he’s got talent.
“His game with the ball at his feet is a lot better than I thought it would be playing for Sheffield United. He has made some outstanding saves.
“He’s got the talent. When he was first connected, the price tag was £40m and I was taken aback but I think 20-odd million is about right considering what Sheffield United spent on him.”
His Sky Sports colleague Kevin Phillips issued a warning to Ramsdale. “Only thing I would say is, when you’re at Sheffield United the pressure isn’t that much when you go somewhere like an Arsenal and he’s come for the money he has.
“He’s been in and around the England squad, he has trained with these top top players.
“When you go to Arsenal who are under pressure, he has to hit the ground running, he needs a good performance tonight. He’s got potential.
“What I’ve learned, these young players have such confidence that it borders on that arrogance you need as a young player. I hope he gets off to a real good start.”
Source by Football London