Arsenal shot-stopping sensation Aaron Ramsdale said his mum was “was ready to fight” an Accrington Stanley home crowd after they abused him during a miserable Football League debut.
The former Sheffield United star has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League since his move to Mikel Arteta ’s side last summer. However, he has had to make his ascent the hard way with some hardening loan spells at the likes of Chesterfield and Wimbledon.
While we have grown accustomed to the England international teasing opposition fans, he is still yet to forget the hammering he received by Accrington Stanley fans during his full league debut. And the 23-year-old said the abuse became so bad, his mum wanted to fight the heckling fans who were deriding him.
“I’m literally standing taking a goal kick and at certain grounds only three or four yards away from the front row,” Ramsdale said to the Peter Crouch podcast. When asked if a crowd had ever rattled him, Ramsdale very quickly said “Yes, Accrington Stanley away.
“It was my Football League debut and I chucked two in. I had three sides of the stadium singing ‘it’s all your fault’.
“There were also some other expletives, and my mum was ready to fight them all. Even Jeff Stelling on Sky was like ‘oh this kid looks too big he looks too young’ and I was only 18 years-old and it was my first ever Football League game.”
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Fortunately for the 23-year-old, he managed to rediscover his confidence and his Mum did not need to engage in any fisticuffs. Ramsdale has grown from strength-to-strength displacing Bernd Leno and confidently establishing himself as Arsenal’s No.1.
In fact, his confidence has grown so much that he believes he has attributed the return of supporters as a key reason for his startling ascent. “I think that’s why I really struggled at the start of last season when there were no crowds,” Ramsdale added. “And actually, probably towards the end of my season at Bournemouth.
“But as soon as lockdown came, certain players were through the roof with statistics, goals, assists, clean sheets or whatever. Then as the fans came back you did not really see them or they went abroad or whatever.”
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