EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal legend David Seaman believes fans got it wrong about Aaron Ramsdale signing after strong start to Gunners career
Arsenal legend David Seaman hailed Aaron Ramsdale for proving fans wrong after an impressive start to his career with the club.
The 24-year-old arrived at Emirates Stadium in a deal that could reach Â£ 30million from Sheffield United this summer, making him the club’s most expensive goalkeeper in history by far .
Fans feared Ramsdale’s signing would bode well, given the Englishman had been part of two consecutive relegations with Bournemouth in 2019-20 and Blades in 2020-21.
But the England international quickly silenced his skeptics, keeping four sheets clean in his first six appearances for the club.
He took first place ahead of German stopper Bernd Leno and Seaman was keen to stress how quickly he has developed with Arsenal.
âI’ve seen him in training and in games too, and I’m really impressed. He’s improved a lot, âSeaman said. Football Mirror , speaking as part of LloydsPharmacy Get the flu kicked off initiative.
âHe’s got a good character and seems to be settling down well.
“A lot of Arsenal fans weren’t too sure about his signing, but he has proven them wrong so far.”
Seaman’s place in Arsenal folklore was secured during the peak years of Arsene Wenger’s reign, having played a key role in their two-time Premier League and FA Cup seasons in 1997-98.
The former England international went on to make 564 appearances for the Gunners, winning the Premier League twice, the FA Cup four times and the EFL Cup in 1992-93.
But it hasn’t always been easy for Seaman, having signed when John Lukic was a fan favorite in 1990 from the Queens Park Rangers, forcing him to earn their approval.
And the 58-year-old drew parallels with his situation when Ramsdale arrived in north London.
“It reminds me a lot of what I was used to when I joined Arsenal,” he said.
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âThe fans all used to sing that ‘John Lukic is better than David Seaman’. I remember them saying “you would never play for Arsenal” and I proved them wrong!
“Ramsdale has already shown how good he can be and now he’s number one.”
Ramsdale was one of six newcomers to the Emirates Stadium this summer as Mikel Arteta made it clear his intention to revamp the squad, after a consecutive eighth-game winning streak in the Premier League.
The Spaniard has spent the most managing the division, spending around Â£ 150million on newcomers, with Ramsdale joining Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nuno Tavares.
Arsenal have gone five games unbeaten since losing their first three games of the Premier League season and Seaman called for patience as the new signings continue to come together.
“It’s not like he’s gone and brought in one or two players,” he said.
âThese are six players who were only going to improve and it will take time.
âWhat I like is that the board has supported him, and I hope that will continue.
“From what I’ve seen on the training ground, Mikel is really impressive in the way he organizes training and works with the team.”
Arsenal will face Aston Villa in their second home game in the space of five days on Friday night, having pulled off a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday.
Former English football legend David Seaman has partnered with LloydsPharmacy and local Rotherham football club Swallownest FC to raise awareness of the importance of getting a flu shot this winter. For more information visit: www. lloydspharmacy.com