Having taken Bernd Leno’s position after the last Interlull, Aaron Ramsdale will be keen to build on that as we come back from another one, starting again on Monday night when we face Crystal Palace at the Emirates.
The summer signing’s ascension to top spot (for now), has come more quickly than most would have imagined, perhaps even the player himself, and in the short-term has impressed Arsenal fans and neutrals alike.
Given some of the scepticism which came with his transfer, it’s a positive thing, but in typical media form it was put to Mikel Arteta that the 23 year old was ‘born to be the Arsenal’ goalkeeper, leaving the manager to try and find the right balance in his reply.
“We tried to make a decision as a club to sign and bring in the right profile that we believe he had all the qualities needed to succeed at the club,” he said.
“It’s very early to make a judgement of how good he is, but the way that he’s settled and what he can transmit on and off the pitch I think is really important. He has engaged and he has adapted really well to the club.
“I think he’s getting a very good connection as well to our supporters and he’s performing well, which is the most important thing.”
Ramsdale also made the England squad, and the prospect of him taking over from Jordan Pickford was mooted. Again, Arteta tried to bring an element of realism to the situation, saying, “He needs to keep performing like he’s done and always try to think about what he’s doing right, and then continue to do those things, be humble and think about the things he can improve.
“Then, everything will come naturally, as has already happened very early on with him, to be a goalkeeper with his age and his career. He deserves that because of how he’s handled every step along the way.
“Some of them have been difficult moments and disappointments, which are important as well to evolve in your career.”
He kept three clean sheets in his four Premier League games so far, and fingers crossed he can add to that tally on Monday against Patrick Vieira’s Palace.