Paul Merson has made a U-turn on his initial assessment of Aaron Ramsdale, conceding that the goalkeeper enjoyed an “outstanding” afternoon in goal for Arsenal against Burnley.
The Sky Sports pundit and Daily Star Sport columnist, who had labelled himself as one of the goalkeeper’s ‘biggest critics’, declared he was blown away by the ‘keeper’s performance against the Clarets.
Asked by Jeff Stelling how Aaron Ramsdale played at Burnley, Merson replied: “Yeah he’s been outstanding.
“I’ve been one of his biggest critics if I’m honest, but he’s been outstanding this afternoon.”
Ramsdale, 23, signed for Arsenal on a long-term contract last month, making the move from Sheffield United for an initial £24 million.
The England shot-stopper made his debut in the Gunner’s 6-0 win over West Brom in the Carabao Cup just five days later.
He then appeared in Arsenal’s win over Norwich City, again keeping a clean sheet, before his spectacular display against Sean Dyche’s men on Saturday.
However, his recent selection has brought cause for concern to his rival Bernd Leno.
The Germany international goalkeeper started the 2021-22 campaign in goal but then Ramsdale was drafted for the 1-0 victory over Norwich.
As a result, speculation surfaced that Leno was found to be annoyed during training, something which boss Mikel Arteta refutes.
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"No, that's not true,” Arteta said to Goal when pressed about the issue.
“ He responded, you can be frustrated, but you he was top with his team-mates in training with everything so that is not true."
"No, that's what I said to them and I said to the goalkeepers in the last two or three years – that we don't want to do that.
"What we want to do is empower performance and ask them to train behave and play the best possible way. How can I guarantee somebody something? It wouldn't make sense with what we are demanding them to do."
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