“The one with my nuts,” replied Aaron Ramsdale when asked which of his saves was the best on a day when Arsenal secured a hard-fought 1-0 win at Elland Road courtesy of the keeper’s bravery, the profligacy of the Leeds attack and a bit of luck.
Patrick Bamford was the man denied on 53 minutes by Ramsdale’s nether regions and the striker never seemed to recover from the setback going on to miss a penalty. Having also had a goal ruled out for a foul, it was not his afternoon.
*Points and laughs*
Ramsdale required lengthy treatment after putting his family jewels on the line but reflected afterwards that it was worth it.
“It took a big effect on me, I’m still feeling a bit sick now,” he told Arsenal.com.
“I’m just thankful I was there today. I’ve been very critical of myself in recent games since the start of the season where goals have gone in and there’s a question to answered the following day. To help the team out today was great.”
By and large, Ramsdale was not impressed by Arsenal’s performance but that didn’t take away from the joy of the victory.
“We’ve set a bar so high standards-wise of how we want to play and we didn’t reach that but the overriding emotion is elation because we got three points and a 1-0 win away from home when we played terribly.”
He added: “We weren’t good enough today in terms of keeping the ball and the way we want to play, but as a whole, as a collective, we were outstanding defensively. A 1-0 win away from home at Leeds is a really tough ask and we’ve done that.
“Of course, we want to win 3-0 each week, passing the ball but we found a way to win today and that’s the most important thing.
“I was shanking balls left, right and centre. Bukayo got a goal but we couldn’t get him into the game. We were losing duels and stuff but like I say, from back to front, the whole game, we were outstanding defensively.”
It was a strange afternoon in the North
West. While the game kicked off as scheduled, within two minutes the officials realised they couldn’t communicate with each other and the match was paused. It took 37 minutes to resolve a power cut.
Ramsdale thinks the circumstances played a part in his side’s struggles.
“Yeah, it affected us a lot more. We’ve started games really, really well recently, I think since the start of the season. That momentum broke and they started better and we struggled but we hung in there. Again, it wasn’t great on the eye, we defended well, got a goal.
“In the second half, it was backs against the wall, couldn’t really get out, we tried to play out, got caught, went long, were winning first but not second balls.
“As I said, to a man, all those who came on, defenders, midfielders, we found a way to win as a collective and that’s the most pleasing thing today.”