Aaron Ramsdale has made the 10-man shortlist for the 2023 Yashin Trophy, awarded by France Football to the best goalkeeper in world football.
The Arsenal stopper is listed amongst esteemed company with Mike Maignon (AC Milan), Yassine Bounou (Seville / Al Hilal), Andre Onana (Manchester United), Ederson (Manchester City), Brice Samba (Lens), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Emi Martinez (ex-Arsenal), Dominik Livakovic (Fenerbahce) and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona) also nominated.
In a short blurb explaining Ramsdale’s inclusion, France Football says: “To compete with Manchester City in the Premier League, Arsenal needed a great goalkeeper. His incredible double save in added time against Liverpool (2-2) at Anfield reminded us of the exceptional nature of his acrobatics.”
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Ramsdale reacted by saying: “Incredible feeling to receive a nomination of this magnitude, one which I will remember for a long, long time.”
Inaugurated in 2019 and named after the famed Soviet Union goalkeeper Lev Yashin, the Yashin Trophy is voted for by former Ballon d’Or winners. Last year it was won by Thibaut Courtois.
The news will come as a boost to Arsenal’s number one while he is away on international duty with England.
Despite being named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year a couple of weeks ago, there were reports overnight that claimed Mikel Arteta is seriously considering giving loan signing David Raya a run in the Arsenal first team.
The Spain international was signed to up the level of competition for Ramsdale and it’s believed the club want to see what he’s made of before the month is out. In all likelihood, Raya’s first match will come against his parent club, Brentford, in the Carabao Cup on 27 September.