Aaron Ramsdale sends direct message to Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Manchester United vs Arsenal

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Aaron Ramsdale hopes Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘on it’ when Arsenal make the trip to Old Trafford, following yet another clean sheet in the win vs Newcastle.

The direct message to the Portuguese superstar came as Ramsdale Ramsdale recently featured in Amazon Prime’s #BlackFridayLive Twitch stream, where the goalkeeper faced DJ and producer Nathan Dawe in a game of FIFA 22.

The livestream saw Ramsdale represent Arsenal on FIFA against Dawe, who played as Aston Villa, and during the game both players were asked sets of questions sent in by fans, with the Gunners ‘keeper being questioned on his career so far and fellow Arsenal teammates.

Ramsdale has been a revelation since his introduction to the Arsenal starting XI this season, with the 23-year-old keeping five clean sheets in his first eight league games – with the Gunners going unbeaten in that period – before the humbling at Liverpool. They bounced back against the Magpies, though.

The Gunners face a trip to Old Trafford on Thursday as they face Manchester United in one of the most anticipated fixtures in Arsenal’s calendar.

Now, with Ronaldo back at United, Ramsdale claimed he is relishing the opportunity to test himself against one of the greatest players of all time.

“As weird as it sounds… I really hope he’s on it. Because that gives me a chance to really test myself,” he said.

“As much as you sometimes want to go to places like that for a quiet game, there’s no better feeling than if you got on top of someone and you can say, I had a full-on battle with Ronaldo.

“That might mean I concede three, but why do you want things easy. If it was easy we would’ve won the league.”

Ramsdale was questioned early on in the stream about his recent England debut, in which he played 90 minutes in the 10-0 win over San Marino.

“It was special, just to be given the opportunity in a qualifier, it wasn’t even a friendly,” he said.

“Obviously the opposition was a little bit, as people would say, easy, but you can only play what’s in front of you and deal with what is thrown at you in that game.

“It was good for me, I managed to make one save, and kept a clean sheet, that’s all I can ask for.”

After a dismal start to the season which saw Arsenal sitting bottom of the league after three games, Arteta made the decision to change formation and personnel in his starting XI, with Ramsdale one of the new inclusions.

Now, with a young squad sitting in European contention, the ‘keeper has lots of praise for his manager and for the youthful players in the team.

“I think because he’s come out of the game fairly recently, he’s got a great relationship with the players,” said the 23-year-old.

“Man-management wise, he knows how players are feeling, he can sense it because he’s been in the dressing room so that side of him is top, he’s very approachable.

“Obviously he’s worked with one of the best coaches in the world [Pep Guardiola], and he’s obviously got his own ideas, but you can see bits he’s taken out of Guardiola’s work.

“It might take a year, it might take two years, but I don’t think we’re limiting ourselves in our goals or even on a timescale, we’re just trying to go about it our way and hopefully we win football games.

“You look at the players over the past few weeks who have been our pivotal players, the likes of Emile [Smith-Rowe], Bukayo [Saka], and obviously Aubameyang and Lacazette have been great for us, but the go-to players for us at the moment have been the kids, and it’s great to see that we’re proving people wrong each week.”

Jens Lehmann, David Seaman, Petr Cech and Pat Jennings are just some of the legendary ‘keepers to play for Arsenal in the past, but when growing up, Ramsdale claims he didn’t get his inspiration to be a ‘keeper from any player in particular.

“I don’t have a story where I was inspired to be a ‘keeper,” he said.

“Obviously, you have to be a little different to be a ‘keeper, which I am, and I just said to my old man that I wanted to start playing football. He said which position, and I said goalkeeper.

“I don’t have a story to say about seeing someone play, but my favourite ‘keeper when growing up and thinking I want to be like that was Jussi Jaaskelainen. I grew up with his son and spent a lot of time around his house.”

Ramsdale started out his footballing career playing as a ‘keeper for Bolton’s academy at a young age, with Jaaskelainen the first-team ‘keeper at the time.

At the end of the online match, a late equaliser from Dawe saw the thrilling match end as a 5-5 draw, with no extra-time or penalties chosen.

Source by Football London

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