Gary Neville slams Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for 'nervy' start

‘Wow I had flashbacks to De Gea and Harry Maguire’: Gary Neville slams Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for his mistake that saw Southampton take the lead after just 27 SECONDS at the Emirates

  • Gary Neville was shocked at Aaron Ramsdale’s mistake against Southampton
  • The Arsenal goalkeeper’s pass was intercepted by Carlos Alcaraz who scored
  • Bottom of the table Southampton took a shock lead at the Emirates on Friday 

Gary Neville wasn’t impressed with Aaron Ramsdale’s ‘nervy’ start in Arsenal’s Friday evening Premier League clash against bottom of the league Southampton.

Ramsdale’s attempted pass out to his centre-back failed to find it’s target as Carlos Alcaraz pounced and intercepted the loose ball before slotting a cool finish past the Arsenal goalkeeper.

Commentating from up high at the Emirates, Neville drew comparisons to Ramsdale’s failed pass and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea after the United goalkeeper was similarly beaten in Thursday’s Europa League defeat against Sevilla.

Reacting to the goal, Neville stated on Sky Sports: ‘Wow, I had flashbacks to David de Gea and Harry Maguire last night, the difference is that got there this didn’t.

‘It was telegraphed, what a start to this game, I thought Ramsdale was fantastic at Anfield a few weeks ago, could have done better for second goal v West Ham.

Aaron Ramsdale (yellow) made an early mistake that saw Southampton score after just 27 seconds

Ramsdale (yellow) was consoled by his Arsenal team-mates after his error against Southampton

‘But that is a very nervy start and has put the team top of the league against the bottom right up against it,’ he added.

Ramsdale has been one of the Premier League’s most impressive goalkeepers this season during Arsenal’s stunning rise to the top of the English top-flight.

He made a series of outstanding saves in the dying embers of Arsenal’s recent 2-2 draw at Anfield that kept the Gunners well-positioned in the title race ahead of chasers Man City.

But struggled in his side’s follow-up 2-2 draw with West Ham and was criticised by Neville for not doing enough to stop Jarod Bowen’s strike that saw points shared at the London Stadium.

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