Aaron Ramsdale says he’s focused on keeping Mikel Arteta happy as he looks to build on his strong start to life at Arsenal.
Handed the opportunity to usurp Bernd Leno as the club’s first-choice keeper, the 23-year-old hasn’t disappointed since making his debut against West Brom in the Carabao Cup in August. He’s yet to taste defeat in any of the seven games he’s started and has four clean sheets to his name.
While the summer signing is enjoying the rapport he’s building with the supporters, in an interview with the AFC Wimbledon website, conducted after watching his old team lose 2-0 to Wigan at Plough Lane, he made clear he can’t rest on his laurels.
“Yes, that’s it,” said Ramsdale when it was put to him that he has to stay humble.
“It could quite easily be taken away, just as quickly as I got in. For me, it’s to stay in the team week-by-week and keep producing good performances which the team and the staff are happy with.
“That’s all I’m bothered about. I’m loving the connection I’ve got with the fans there, like I did here, but ultimately, they are not the ones picking the team. If I keep the manager happy, which I’m doing now, I’ll be doing well.”
Ramsdale also took a moment to reflect on his first trip to AFC Wimbledon’s new home. He played 23 times for the Dons after being loaned out by Bournemouth in 2019.
“I’ve loved it,” he said. “It’s a first for me to be at the stadium, but also, it’s been a long time for me to be able to just watch a game.
“To just watch a game is enjoyable for me! Of course, the result was a bit disappointing, but to see some familiar faces, have some good chats and to see the new home – the new home is excellent! My Dad was in the stand too, so there was a fair few of us here! It’s been good.”
Having won over Arteta, Ramsdale is expected to be given a breather for tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup game with Leeds United.