Aaron Ramsdale howler leaves Gary Neville with ‘De Gea flashbacks’

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Manchester United icon Gary Neville said that he was having “flashbacks” of David De Gea’s errors against Sevilla when Southampton took the lead at Arsenal inside the opening minute through Aaron Ramsdale’s mistake. The goalkeeper attempted to play out from the back when Carlos Alcaraz pounced on the ball and lobbed Ramsdale to send the travelling supporters into raptures.

Ramsdale has had an exceptional season between the posts for the Gunners and recently was the star of the show as Mikel Arteta’s outfit clung on for a point away to Liverpool in their 2-2 draw, but his mistake just 28 seconds into the game will not have eased supporters’ fears in the title race.

The 24-year-old saw a second whizz past him not too long after too, as ex-Arsenal star Theo Walcott marked his 150th Emirates appearance with a goal against his former club. He got in behind the home defence as a shellshocked Gunners side swiftly found themselves 2-0 down.

Speaking on commentary for Sky Sports during the opening goal, Neville said: “Wow. Well I’m having flashbacks to a pass that David de Gea tried to Harry Maguire last night but that one got there, this one didn’t. It was just telegraphed, what a start to this game.

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“A mistake by Ramsdale who was fantastic at Anfield a couple of weeks ago, thought he could have done better for the second goal last week at Upton Park, but here today has had a very, very nervy start and has put the team at the top of the league, against the team at the bottom, right up against it.

“Look, we know that Arsenal have struggled in the last couple of weeks to keep a lead, there’s nothing for them to think about here they just have to go for it, obviously. It won’t change their performance too much, it’s very early in the game, but it’ll certainly wake them up and it’s something different for them to contend with.”

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The previous night, United goalkeeper De Gea was blamed for several errors that led to goals as Erik ten Hag’s side crashed out of the Europa League in a 3-0 defeat away to Sevilla.

Similarly to Ramsdale, De Gea attempted a pass to his defender early on in the game but Maguire was quickly pressed and as the ball was overturned – the La Liga side took the lead in what proved to be a difficult night for the Spanish stopper.

De Gea was unable to reach a header from a corner early in the second half, before his miscontrol allowed a third Sevilla goal which saw United crash out of Europe at the quarter-final stage.

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