Arsenal fans were loving Aaron Ramsdale’s debut against West Bromwich Albion in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Ramsdale, 23, started his first game for the club after his initial £24million signing from Sheffield United was confirmed last Friday.
He did feature on the bench against Chelsea but the new arrival had to wait for his debut in what looked to initially be a difficult tie against Championship high-flyers West Brom.
But a second-string side that was put out by Albion, coupled with Mikel Arteta’s decision to go strong in this contest, resulted in a comprehensive and much-needed 6-0 win for the north Londoners, as they now look ahead to a daunting assignment at the weekend against the Premier League champions.
A total of four saves were made by Arsenal’s new recruit, and as a result of his performance, the 23-year-old has given Arteta a real selection dilemma ahead of the weekend visit to Man City.
“Yes, really happy for him,” the Spaniard told the media in his post-match press conference when asked about Ramsdale’s performance.
“He hasn’t trained a lot with us but you can see the quality that he has. He’s a really young goalkeeper.
“He’s done a lot already in the league, you can see the personality he has when he plays.”
Aside from the saves that goalkeepers are tasked with making during any game, there was a certain moment that confirmed to fans that this was a rather successful debut for their future first-choice goalkeeper.
In the 40th minute of the Carabao Cup tie, the 23-year-old was spotted distributing the ball at a sharp tempo to fellow new signing Martin Odegaard, bypassing the West Brom press and getting it into midfield.
It illustrated the awareness and skill that Ramsadele possesses in his armory to potentially help the way Arteta sees his side playing moving forward.
Here’s how a selection of Gunners fans reacted on Reddit to this specific incident.
West43rd reckons: ‘This guy gets it.
‘That’s the issue with Leno. You know as a player he’s going to go long or play it way too safe if he comes under any pressure.
‘Trying this even if it doesn’t come off every time keeps the opposition guessing.’
@busetgadapet has similarly echoed West43rd’s view on Leno after seeing the incident.
He wrote: ‘Yeah I don’t get this, Leno seems unable to find space to do this kind of pass or maybe he is afraid to make mistake.’
@gigapizza replied: ‘Leno hasn’t hit a pass on the ground nearly this hard and accurately in his entire time at Arsenal.
‘The idea is similar to his pass to Ceballos in the EL that cost us a goal, but the execution is miles better.’
@TheDarkness1227 then replied: ‘Genuinely think it’s a mental thing with Leno. He can obviously pass but he doesn’t strike me as the smartest guy out there. Constantly giving it to players under pressure.’
The attention then shifted from the Ramsdale and Leno debate to Martin Odegaard’s ability to have the composure to control the quick pass that was fired at him on the night from the Arsenal goalkeeper.
@BarmeloXantony put: ‘His touch to control Ramsdale’s absolute bullet as well. Ode is so class.’
@chrisjdgrady then concluded on the £30m attacking midfielder: ‘I know he hasn’t lit it up with goals and assists yet but every time I see him I just think he oozes class. His control, his movement, his vision. He has an amazing football brain and a lot of natural ability. He’s a cut above most of our players in a lot of aspects.’
Source by Football London