Rio Ferdinand hails Aaron Ramsdale's 'phenomenal' form

Rio Ferdinand hails Aaron Ramsdale’s ‘phenomenal’ form and praises Arsenal goalkeeper as an ‘inspired signing’ after keeping six clean sheets in 10 Premier League games

  • Arsenal signed Aaron Ramsdale for £24 million from Bournemouth
  • The deal raised eyebrows as 23-year-old had suffered back-to-back relegations
  • Ramsdale has kept six clean sheets in 10 games since replacing Bernd Leno 
  • Gunners have won five of the six games in which Ramsdale hasn’t conceded

Rio Ferdinand has praised Aaron Ramsdale as an ‘inspired signing’, adding the Arsenal goalkeeper’s current run of form was ‘phenomenal’.

Many questioned Mikel Arteta’s wisdom to spend £24 million on the 23-year-old in the summer after he had suffered consecutive relegations with Sheffield United and Bournemouth.

The Arsenal manager’s decision, however, has since been abundantly vindicated.

Aaron Ramsdale has been a revelation since joining Arsenal for £24 million in the summer

Ramsdale was an unused substitute for his first two Premier League games with the Gunners, but won the starting spot from Bernd Leno in September and hasn’t looked back keeping six clean sheets in 10 games. 

‘Ramsdale’s been an inspired signing,’ Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five podcast on Tuesday.

‘There were a lot of people doubting him, he’s had two or three relegations in his career already.

Rio Ferdinand has praised Ramsdale’s ‘phenomenal run of form’ of six clean sheets in 10 games

‘But the saves he’s making on a regular basis, he’s actually allowing you lot to keep clean sheets. It’s six clean sheets in 10 games, that’s phenomenal.’

Arsenal have won five of the six matches in which Ramsdale did not concede a goal and are fifth in the Premier League ahead of a trip to Old Trafford on Thursday.

Arteta’s men are currently outside the Champions League places only by virtue of having an inferior goal difference to that of fourth-placed West Ham, but are the only team in the top six to have a negative goal differential.

The Arsenal keeper has pulled some incredible stops such as this save against Leicester

The 23-year-old pulled off another stunning save in the 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday

That, however, is largely down to a nightmare three-game losing streak at the start of the campaign, during which they conceded nine goals without scoring. 

Since replacing Leno, Ramsdale has conceded more than one goal in the same game just twice – in the 2-2 draw at home against Crystal Palace last month and in the 4-0 hammering at Anfield 10 days ago.  

The 23-year-old’s form hasn’t gone unnoticed ad Gareth Southgate handed the Arsenal keeper his first Three Lions cap for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

The England manager said Ramsdale deserved praise for signing for Arsenal, despite knowing he would not be guaranteed a starting spot.

‘He knew it was a challenge going to Arsenal, trying to get in the team,’ Southgate said earlier this month.

‘He’s got in earlier than he thought he might have done when he initially moved there, but he was prepared to take the challenge on.’ 

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