What Maitland-Niles shouted at Tavares as Arteta exposes Arsenal’s biggest weakness

What Maitland-Niles shouted at Tavares as Arteta exposes Arsenal’s biggest weakness

Kaya Kaynak, a Gunners journalist for football.london, looks back on the talking points from Mikel Arteta’s side’s 4-0 thrashing at Anfield.

Despite Arsenal’s troubles, Ramsdale thrives.

Let’s start with a positive because there are bound to be plenty of downsides to consider.

It’s unusual for a club to lose 4-0 and still have their goalie named Man of the Match, but that’s exactly what Aaron Ramsdale did for Arsenal that day.

 

The 23-year-old had already had a terrific week after earning his first England cap and keeping a clean sheet in a 10-0 win against San Marino on Monday, and despite the disappointing result, he contributed to his own extraordinary climb with a fantastic performance.

If it hadn’t been for Ramsdale’s heroics, Mo Salah would have likely scored a hat-trick, while his save from Diogo Jota was yet another world-class stop.

Even Virgil van Dijk was eager to single him out for praise after the game because of his performance.

“Despite losing 4-0, their goalie played rather well in my perspective,” the Dutchman stated, emphasizing the respect Ramsdale is gradually gaining in the game.

Apart from his saves, his character continues to excite those in the Arsenal community.

He rushed from the opposite end of the pitch after the game to applaud the visiting fans, and he even received a standing ovation from the Kop end when he came out for the second half such as the quality of the outing.

The 23-year-old also talked with reality about the situation way above his years in post-match interviews, expressing lots of hope about the Gunners’ chances of fast recovering from the defeat.

After the game, he told Arsenal.com, “I think it demonstrates the quality that they have and where we want to go to.” “This isn’t going to be the game that defines our season.”

“It’s possibly the most difficult place in the Premier League to visit.” We want to get to this point. We’re not going to try to hide the fact that they’ve recently won the Champions League and the Premier League.

“We played well for the opening 30 to 40 minutes – they may have had more possession and shots, but we maintained our composure.”

“We handed them chances early in the second half, and it became a mountain to climb from there. It was one of those nights, but this team will return because it is a marathon, not a sprint. We’ll take what we’ve learned tonight and apply it in the future.”

If there is one area where he could improve, it is his tendency to spill saved shots, which could have resulted in more goals if it weren’t for the quick reactions of Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey, but overall it was a good performance from the England goalkeeper, who will undoubtedly be wearing the number one jersey sooner rather than later.

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