Pundit hails Arsenal for completing brilliant late signing as new Ramsdale details come to light
Noel Whelan has claimed Arsenal have fixed their blunder selling Emi Martinez to Aston Villa by signing Aaron Ramsdale.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the late-window capture of the 23-year-old shot-stopper on 20 August was “shrewd” business.
As per FBref, Ramsdale has the second-highest save percentage (87.5%) in the Premier League this term behind Edouard Mendy (93.7%).
He made his league bow for the Gunners against Norwich earlier this month.
The English keeper made a reported £24million move to Arsenal in August following relegation with Sheffield United last term.
The deal has the potential to reach £30million after add-ons.
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Ramsdale finally conceded his first goal in an Arsenal shirt against Tottenham on Sunday, breaking his streak of three consecutive clean sheets.
Whelan claimed the signing has finally solved the “mistake” of selling Emi Martinez to Aston Villa last summer.
“I think it’s a shrewd signing,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“Mikel Arteta let Emi Martinez go, which they really missed a trick with because Bernd Leno is not a great fit.
“Martinez then showed Arteta exactly what he could do after leaving, he’s put in some really good performances at Aston Villa.
“That was a mistake on their part, but they’ve put that right by going out and getting Ramsdale.
“He’s British, young and he can really organise the defence – he has loads of time ahead of him as well.
“He’s involved in the England set-up too. He’s just such a good signing and we saw that with some of his shot-stopping against Tottenham.”
Ramsdale has made 78 Premier League appearances and kept 12 clean sheets.
The England man has suffered relegation from the top flight with Sheffield United and Bournemouth.