Arsenal star Ramsdale 'lucky' to avoid ban after Bowen challenge - ex-GK

By Paddy Kenny

4th May, 2022 | 10:50am

Ex-goalkeeper claims Aaron Ramsdale should get Arsenal ban after 'reckless' challenge

Aaron Ramsdale was “very lucky” to avoid a booking for his challenge on Jarrod Bowen during Arsenal v West Ham on Sunday (1 May).

That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “reckless” challenge.

As shown on Sky Sports (1 May), Bowen went to ground after Ramsdale charged out of his box to win the ball.

However, Ramsdale did not make contact with Bowen and referee Mike Dean booked Bowen despite the fact he quickly got to his feet and apologised.

Kenny insists Ramsdale could have been booked or even sent off for “intent” which happened in a Premier League match he played in.

“Sometimes keepers just have a rush of blood to the head and you suddenly think ‘what am I doing this far out of goal?’,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“It brings back memories of when Sheffield United played against Liverpool on the first day of the season in 2006 and we were 1-0 up,”

“Then a guy called Chris Morgan gave a penalty away against Steven Gerrard and he didn’t touch him.

“Gerrard jumped over the challenge and fell over and the ref said he had given the penalty for intent.

“That doesn’t get punished anymore. So Ramsdale was very lucky, if you do catch him you are sent off 100%.

“Ramsdale did force Bowen down and got nowhere near the ball. It was reckless but he got away with it.”

Arsenal returned to fourth in the Premier League with the 2-1 win over the Hammers.

The Gunners welcome Leeds United to the Emirates on Sunday while top-four rivals Tottenham face a stern test at Liverpool.

In other news, an expert has claimed Asenal could abandon their Abraham pursuit and for rival striker after £67m reveal.