Premier League • England

Arsenal man labelled signing of the season, with pundit stunned on four counts

Jonny Whitfield
Jamie Carragher

Aaron Ramsdale is the Premier League’s signing of the season following his impact at Arsenal, according to Jamie Carragher.

The goalkeeper initially made his name at Bournemouth during the 2019/20 season. Despite the Cherries eventually suffering relegation, he played 37 of 38 games in Eddie Howe’s team.

From there, he moved back to his former club Sheffield United. He faced relegation from the top flight again but played every minute.

However, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta looked past the relegations on Ramsdale’s early career CV and brought him to north London in the summer.

The 23-year-old started life as the back-up option for Bernd Leno. But after coming in for a 1-0 win over Norwich, he has played every Premier League match since then.

Ramsdale has kept nine clean sheets in his 16 Premier League outings for Arsenal, conceding only 14 goals to boot. As well as his ability, he has become a fan-favourite at the Emirates Stadium.

Carragher, announcing him as his signing of the season on Monday Night Football, admitted that he thought Ramsdale would be back-up and only came in to add to Arsenal’s English quota. He added that the goalkeeper’s ability and personality are traits he did not know he had.

“I went for Ramsdale because it was almost the biggest surprise to me when they brought him in,” the pundit said.

“I thought they would bring him in as back-up, and almost bring him in as an English player because of the quota.

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“He hadn’t impressed me, certainly in his Premier League time at Sheffield United and Bournemouth. It’s not just the saves he’s made. He’s a personality and a character.

“Already to go into a dressing room at Arsenal, yes there are young players in there, but it’s still a huge club.

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“Going into Arsenal as a young lad, a goalkeeper. I think he’s got a presence about him that I didn’t see that he had and I think he’s had a big impact on the team.”

Ramsdale’s performances have also now made him a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England teams. He earned his first cap in a 10-0 win over San Marino in November.

Ramsdale in Carragher’s team of the season

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale celebrates after his sides score their third goal during the Carabao Cup second round match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Speaking further on Monday Night Football, Carragher named Ramsdale in his Premier League team of the season so far.

The pundit added Liverpool stars Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota.

Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden made it into the team, as well as Antonio Rudiger, Conor Gallagher and Declan Rice.

Gary Neville was also in attendance and named his Premier League team of the season so far.