says Aaron Ramsdale is now able to ‘laugh’ at those who criticised him upon his arrival at Arsenal in the summer.
The Gunners splashed out £30million to sign the goalkeeper from Sheffield United in the summer, with the deal splitting opinion among the club’s fanbase.
The fact that Ramsdale had suffered successive relegations with Sheffield United and Bournemouth was highlighted by his detractors, but the stopper began to prove his doubters wrong early on.
The 24-year-old replaced Bernd Leno as Mikel Arteta’s first-choice stopper after the first three league games of the season, and has played a key role in the team’s challenge for the top four.
Ramsdale made his debut for the senior England squad last year, while he will be hoping to battle Jordan Pickford to start for the Three Lions at the Qatar World Cup later this year.
After a promising debut campaign for the Gunners, Wright thinks the goalkeeper can make light of the criticism he received early on in his Arsenal career.
‘, when he went to , he was kind of ridiculed,’ Gunners legend Wright told Premier League Productions. ‘They said, “Oh, he had two relegations”, which I can’t see as a negative when you are young.
‘He has come in there. We have seen his emergence. He has been very, very swift – and he’s playing with him [Pickford for England] on a regular basis, that will make him understand, “Yeah, I am playing with a top keeper. I need to get myself in order”.
‘Aaron Ramsdale seems to express it [his emotions] with more fun, whereas , you probably put it down to, he does get a lot of criticism.
‘Whereas Aaron Ramsdale, he can now look at people and laugh at them because he was written off to a certain extent.
‘He can now have a laugh at his own expense and a laugh with the fans because he is more relaxed with the way he is playing.’
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