Aaron Ramsdale might have left Sheffield United in the summer, but it’s still worth keeping tabs on his remarkable progress in London, especially in the week he won his first England cap.
The Blades sold Ramsdale to Arsenal in the summer for a fee that could be worth up to £30m for United. At the time, it was seen as good business by the Blades. Ramsdale had, at times, struggled. He had shown signs in the second half of the 20/21 season. But overall, after paying around £18m 12 months earlier, a big-money sale to Arsenal was accepted by fans.
Now, just a few months down the line, and it’s actually looking more like Arsenal who got the better end of the deal. Ramsdale has helped transform the Gunners’ fortunes. He’s made big saves, kept clean-sheets, and, as mentioned, earned his first England cap this week in San Marino.
And this weekend against Liverpool, Ramsdale can continue to smash the records for Arsenal with another shut-out.
Aaron Ramsdale lives and breathes keeping clean-sheets. He admitted recently that he and his fellow Gunners defenders revel in keeping the ball out of the net.
And if he can do it once again this weekend, he’ll have broken a long-standing 16-year-old record for the Gunners. According to Talksport, if Ramsdale keeps another clean-sheet, it will be the first time since 2005 that an Arsenal stopped has kept four in a row.
Back then, it will have fallen to Jens Lehmann to hold such a record. If Ramsdale can keep out the likes of Salah and Mane this weekend, then that record will no longer stand.
Certainly, Ramsdale will be confident of doing so. He’s playing better than ever, and his stunning save against Leicester City a few weeks back got everyone in football talking.
So while Robin Olsen struggles in goal for Sheffield United, it’s at least nice to see a former Blade doing so well at Premier League level.