Given his annoying face and silly little run-up, it’s little surprise Arsenal fans took so much joy from Bruno Fernandes’ penalty miss in the recent 3-1 win over Manchester United at Emirates Stadium.
On the pitch, Aaron Ramsdale mirrored the scenes on the terraces. As jubilation and anger came to the boil at the same time, he appeared to briefly lose his mind.
As the Portuguese midfielder held his head in his hands, the keeper launched himself in the air with his right fist clenched. On landing, he indulged in some rigorous double fist-pump action – crouching of course – before rounding off his solo show with a guttural roar and aggressive eyeballing of his vanquished opponent.
In the immediate aftermath, there were comparisons with Martin Keown’s behaviour at Old Trafford – the defender having infamously jumped all over Ruud van Nistelrooy in September 2003 after the Dutchman had missed a penalty of his own in the dying stages of a 0-0 draw.
To Gunners supporters, it was all very amusing and yet another reason to love Aaron following a superb debut season at the club.
Appearing on ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’, it was put to our goalkeeper that he might be one of the country’s greatest exponents of sh*thousery – a somewhat nebulous term that infers the implementation of various dark arts on the football pitch.
He politely responded of the Fernandes’ moment, “It was good ‘housery, but I think it got blown out of proportion. There were five or six Arsenal players in front of me, so I celebrated with them. It looked like it [I was running towards Fernandes], I probably have had that in my head and then stopped halfway.
“It’s just emotion. It’s nothing to do with him, nothing to do with his football club or anything like that, it’s pure emotion. I find it quite funny how other players and fans can do what they want to goalies who stand there on their own for 90 minutes and get abused.
“I waved at a Chelsea fan the other week who was giving me all sorts in the second half and when we scored the penalty, I waved at him. The security guard asked, ‘Why did you do that? That wasn’t necessary.’
“I said, ‘You’ve listened to him to everything he’s said, every name under the sun [he’s called me], but I can’t simply wave?’ It’s enjoyment for me.”
While denying he was deliberately trying to channel Martin Keown, Ramsdale joked that he might have subconsciously done so because he’d spotted the ex-Gunner before the game carrying out his work for BT Sport.
“I’m pretty sure Martin was the BT man before the game with Rio [Ferdinand] and he was on the pitch. Maybe it just stuck in my head. Subconscious…and I’m going to do it one better.
“I’ve never met him, I’ve never spoken to Martin.”
On why he’s so quick to high-five teammates or react to opponents during matches, Ramsdale went on to explain, “It keeps me engaged. If I’m giving some out to the players or fans, I can’t make a mistake because I’m going to get hammered. After Fernandes missed that penalty, if he’d then scored [later], I know I’m in big, big trouble.”
He also said, if that had happened, “I’d have shook his hand after the game and said ‘fair play’ but I don’t think his level of ‘housery would have took him that far.”
You can listen to the full episode below…