Injury expert has never seen anything like Ramsdale incident at Arsenal 'in all my years' in football
Arsenal shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale suffered from cramp against Tottenham last Sunday – a truly bizarre situation.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Mikel Arteta’s side ran out 3-1 winners in the North London derby on 26 September.
Ramsdale made one mind-bending save as the match approached its climax, but not before he appeared to break down with cramp.
The 23-year-old later confirmed that he had struggled with cramps in his calves for “about 20 minutes”, as quoted by The Mirror on 27 September.
Dinnery notes that this is a highly unusual situation for a goalkeeper but explained that “pressure” may have played a part.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “In all my years, I’ve never been aware of a goalkeeper that has admitted to cramping.
“People often think it’s fatigue-related cramp. You might expect that from outfielders in a highly-charged North London derby, but for a goalkeeper…
“Dehydration could be one possible factor, as could mineral depletion. But it’s nothing serious, I don’t think.
“These guys are working hard, training hard, pumped up. You have to remember that. He might not have had a lot of sleep prior to the match.
“He may still be feeling under pressure because of Bernd Leno breathing down his neck.
“So I’ve definitely never seen his before but I don’t think it is anything to really worry about.”