Aaron Ramsdale reveals he didn’t expect to become Arsenal’s No.1 so quickly

Aaron Ramsdale has revealed he didn’t expect to become Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper so quickly into his career at the Emirates.

The Gunners signed the 23-year-old from Sheffield United over the summer in a deal worth £30million – a fee that sparked criticism from sections of the north London club’s fanbase.

While Ramsdale was initially expected to provide competition for Bernd Leno, the Germany international has been displaced by his younger counterpart.

Leno started in Arsenal’s defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City at the start of the campaign, but hasn’t featured in the Premier League since.

Ramsdale has instead become a key component of Mikel Arteta’s side, keeping four clean sheets in seven league matches.

The stopper produced an outstanding man-of-the-match display in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Leicester, which included an incredible acrobatic save to keep out James Madison’s free-kick.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Ramsdale admitted that he thought he would be waiting until the latter stages of the season to be starting regularly for the Gunners.

‘Settling in has been quite easy because I knew quite a few of the lads from the England set-up, it was a nice way for me to jump straight into the dressing room and have familiar faces,’ said the goalkeeper.

But I didn’t expect to be playing so soon. I believed if I’d have got in it would’ve been towards the end of the season, but I’m in now.

‘I think I’ve hit the ground running, I think that’s because when you’re at a club like Arsenal, they haven’t had the seasons they wanted to recently, but it’s still a huge club with a massive fanbase and high expectations.’

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