Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has insisted his taunting of Bruno Fernandes last month was “good sh**housery”.
The Gunners ran out 3-1 winners at The Emirates last month in a result which severely dented United’s top-four hopes. Nuno Tavares and Bukayo Saka fired the hosts into a 2-0 lead before Cristiano Ronaldo pulled one back. And at the start of the second half Tavares’ inexplicable handball gifted Fernandes the chance to equalise.
But, after a shuffle, the Portuguese star’s low spot-kick hit the outside of the post right-hand post. And Ramsdale’s reaction was to run towards Fernandes and punch the air in front of the Manchester United man.
A number of Arsenal players quickly came to intervene to stop the two players confronting each other.
And that miss proved costly as Granit Xhaka produced a brilliant strike to secure the points for Arsenal.
Speaking about the incident on Peter Crouch’s podcast, the former Sheffield United keeper believes the incident was “blown out of proportion”.
And when Crouch claimed it was the “top s***house move of the season”, Ramsdale replied: “It was good sh**housery, but I think it got blown out of proportion because there was five or six Arsenal players in front of me so I celebrated with them.
“It looked like it, I probably had that a bit in my head then stopped halfway, but it’s just emotion.
Ramsdale: It was pure emotion
“Nothing to do with him or to do with the football club or anything like that. It was just pure emotion.
“I find it quite funny how other players or other fans can do what they want to goalies who stand there on their own for 90 minutes and get abused.
“I waved at a Chelsea fan the other week who was giving me all sorts all second half and we scored the penalty and I waved at him. The security guard said ‘why’d you do that? That wasn’t necessary’ so I said ‘you’ve listened to everything he’s said, every name under the sun, and I can’t simply wave’.
“It’s enjoyment for me.
“It keeps me engaged if I’m giving some out to the players or fans. I can’t make a mistake or I’m going to get hammered. So after Fernandes missed that penalty, I knew that if he’d have scored against me I’m in big, big trouble.”