There was plenty of talk about Aaron Ramsdale’s transfer to Arsenal last summer. There was speculation about how much Arsenal really wanted him, whether they’d pay Sheffield United’s transfer demands, whether he’d complete a deal in time, and so on.
But one aspect of the move that never seemed to be in doubt was Ramsdale’s desire to join the Gunners. If left up to him, it seemed pretty clear he’d be completing the transfer.
Ramsdale has now confirmed that it wasn’t a difficult call to make the summer switch.
“Signing for Arsenal was an easy decision looking at the size of the club and the manager that they have,” Ramsdale said.
“Seeing friendly faces that I’ve played with and known for a long time always helps in any walk of life.
“I felt included straight away and I didn’t have to shy away in the corner waiting for someone to talk to me. It allowed me to be myself and settle in quickly and it is one of the reasons why I have managed to make an impact this season.
Ramsdale also recently admitted the part that Bukayo Saka played in the transfer. It was during that pre-Euros camp that Ramsdale says he and Saka spoke about the news of Arsenal’s interest to help convince him to join.
“It wasn’t Mikel Arteta, to be honest – it was Bukayo (Saka),” Ramsdale said.
“I heard rumours that Arsenal were interested in me when I was at the camp before the Euros, and Bukayo had mentioned that he and the boss had been talking about me.”
Things have obviously gone well for Ramsdale since then, as he’s hit 14 clean sheets with Arsenal (and one with Sheffield United) in 30 games.