Ex-manager makes 'shambolic' Arsenal claim after Ramsdale medical news
Alex McLeish has backed Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to solve Mikel Arteta’s “shambolic” defensive woes at Arsenal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager suggested the 23-year-old has the confidence and ability needed to command his penalty box.
Football Insider broke the news this morning that Ramsdale is undergoing an Arsenal medical today after they agreed a deal worth £30m including add-ons.
Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic confirmed he believed terms had been agreed between the clubs.
Ramsdale did not feature in the 4-0 loss at West Brom on Wednesday.
Bernd Leno started the season between the sticks for Arsenal as the Gunners lost 2-0 to Brentford.
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McLeish slammed the poor defending from Arteta’s men and suggested Ramsdale’s presence could solve the issue.
McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He’s got a good reputation. He seems to be of the confident type, he’s got that kind of self-belief.
“Watching the Brentford goals, the second goal was a bit shambolic. There were a couple of flaps in other moments. Mikel (Arteta), not only has he got to find attacking options but he has to sort out the defence.
“Is Ramsdale that commanding goalie who’s going to come? What any team needs is a goalkeeper who can command his six-yard box.
“He can jump higher than anybody, he can use his hands. Nowadays you can’t touch a goalkeeper. If he holds the ball but drops it, and somebody’s nudged him, then it’s going to be an instant free-kick.”
Ramsdale has played 75 times in the Premier League to date, with 10 clean sheets to his name.
Meanwhile, Leno has made 118 appearances for Arsenal.