Jamie Carragher admits he was wrong about Arsenal masterstroke Aaron Ramsdale

Ramsdale impressed by Arsenal colleagues in big England win

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Jamie Carragher has conceded that he totally misjudged Arsenal’s £30m capture of Aaron Ramsdale – a mistake that many were guilty of making. The 23-year-old has been excellent since putting pen to paper on a long-term deal in north London following his second successive Premier League relegation last season with Sheffield United.

Ramsdale was snapped up by the Blades from Bournemouth just a year prior to his move to Arsenal for a fee of £18.5m.

And when the Gunners came calling, critics scrutinised Mikel Arteta and Edu’s decision to pay reasonably big money for a goalkeeper that was used to fighting relegation.

But just a few months into his Arsenal career, Ramsdale’s performances suggest the Gunners have pulled off a major capture with their capture of the England international.

He made his senior Three Lions bow on Monday night as England thrashed San Marino 10-0 following his late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad after Dean Henderson was forced to withdraw with a hip injury.

Ramsdale had initially started the league campaign on the bench before Arteta eventually cut Bernd Leno from his starting XI.

It’s a decision he has not yet lived to regret and now Carragher has detailed just how impressed he has been with Arsenal’s new No 1.

He told the Ringer FC Podcast: “The keeper, I mean if I’ve ever been wrong about a player more than Aaron Ramsdale, I don’t know who it is yet.

“It’s still early days, but I remember that last-minute goal vs Crystal Palace and he ran from one end of the other to get involved with the celebrations.

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“I thought there are little things with these young lads coming together and it reminded me of us at Liverpool under Gerard Houllier.”

Not only has Ramsdale impressed with his shot-stopping but his kicking ability and distribution has also seem him receive plaudits.

With Leno now approaching the final 18 months of his contract, Arsenal are not expected to stand in his way should a suitable offer arrive for the former Bayer Leverkusen man.

Leno claims he is still yet to have been told by Arteta why he lost his place in the side.

“There was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance,’ he said. He is the trainer, he decides. Of course, it’s difficult for me,” he told Bild.

He then hinted that he was already beginning to plan ahead for his next move, adding: “London is very nice; Milan is not bad either and closer to my home Stuttgart.

“But I’m not seriously thinking about that yet. I feel comfortable at Arsenal and in London.

“Only if nothing changes in my situation by winter would I have to think about things: what option do I have, how can I continue?

“But I’m concentrating on my work in training, I can’t commit to anything else at the moment.”

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