Aaron Ramsdale made a strong start to his Arsenal career after he achieved his first clean sheet of the season in the Gunners’ 6-0 thrashing of West Brom in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
Ramsdale, 23, signed from Sheffield United for an initial £24million – a fee that took Edu’s summer spending up to around £133million as the squad overhaul continues and will come to an end after the August 31 deadline.
The English shot-stopper was on the bench for the Chelsea loss last weekend but did manage to play his first game for the Gunners in their first win of the season.
A Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang hat-trick helped the north Londoners on their way to some much-needed encouragement ahead of the crucial Manchester City Premier League game at the weekend. Ramsdale also made some decent saves to prevent the Baggies from getting back into the contest at certain points on Wednesday night.
There was an initial worry that the new signing’s night could have turned into a nightmare after an awkward landing in the 57th minute resulted in extensive treatment.
However, he was able to continue for the rest of the tie and, as a result, played a big part in earning Mikel Arteta his first clean sheet of the season.
Ramsdale looks to initially have come in as back-up to current No.1 Bernd Leno, a player the former Sheffield United man admitted he wants to “push all the way”.
“Competition, it’s healthy competition,” Ramsdale told Sky Sports ahead of the West Brom game in relation to the relationship with Leno.
“I don’t think much has to be said, me and Bernd are both professionals and we both want to push each other.
“If he’s playing, I will push him all the way, if I am playing he will push me all the way so that’s how it goes. That’s the environment we want to create at the football club.”
After the proceedings finished under the lights of the Hawthorns, Ramsdale also took to social media to thank the travelling Arsenal cohort for their vocal support of him on his debut.
His Twitter post read: “Thank you for the reception tonight, great performance by the lads, and the fans never stopped! Looking forward to more games in front of you. Safe journey home.”
There will also be a reunion for Ramsdale with one of his former clubs, AFC Wimbledon, after the Gunners were drawn to play them in round three of the Carabao Cup.
And they sent a social media message to their former stopper ahead of the meeting.
Their tweet read: “Aaron Ramsdale- we are coming for you! We look forward to seeing you soon Rambo!”
After his decent showing in this contest, the Spaniard now has a selection headache ahead of the trip to the champions on the weekend.
Source by Football London