Arsenal’s hard fought 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor today was due in no small part to incredible defensive commitment, and a commanding performance from new signing Aaron Ramsdale.
Facing a Burnley side who get big men in the box and plenty of crosses aimed towards them, the Gunners back four made 25 clearances in all, while the goalkeeper’s safe hands and willingness to come for corners and set-pieces helped relieve some of the pressure.
The stand-out man in defence was Gabriel, who marked his second appearance of the season by helping his team to second successive clean sheet, and afterwards Mikel Arteta was effusive about the performance of the 23 year old.
“We know that he’s a player with an incredible future and is already giving us a lot,” he said.
“He has adapted really well to the league. That’s why we signed him. He is stepping in, his language is much better and he can coach and communicate much better with with his teammates.
“He understands what we want and I don’t think it gets much harder than playing here in the Premier League.
“He was terrific today.”
The back four as a unit drew praise from the boss too, who said, “I think the back four in general was really solid. We didn’t concede much, even though they put us under pressure.
“I thought they were really good.”
It was another solid day for Ramsdale after his £24m move from Sheffield United, and once more Arteta was impressed by how well he fared against an imposing Burnley side.
“That’s his character and his leadership,” said the Spaniard. “That’s how he presents himself as a person as well and that’s what I like.
“He has a presence and he dominates his area.”