Arsenal: 3 positives of Aaron Ramsdale signing

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka and Ben Chilwell of England look dejected as they applaud fans after the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

2. Aaron Ramsdale is Still Only 23 Years Old

Looking at Runarsson as an example, the mistakes in his game and nerves he passes on all over the pitch with his mere presence are understandable were they to be coming from another member of the squad, say, Arthur Okonkwo.

Runarsson is 26 years old and Okonkwo is 19 years old. One is excusable and the other is a clear indicator that some traits won’t be coached out of their game.

Ramsdale arrives as a 23-year-old with well over a decade of his career left to play. He is very far from the finished article and boasts some flaws to his game that are understandably worrying, but all of those can be coached.

Whatever chinks there are in his armour can be buffed out.

Richly experienced already, crucially in the Premier League, Ramsdale can be guilty of parrying the ball into dangerous areas when faced with shots. That can be coached. When faced one-on-one with a sprinting striker at length he can be guilty of coming off his line somewhat erratically. That can be coached. Ramsdale also hasn’t adopted a close-range passing style for the past 12 months. That too, can be coached.

Much of the keeper’s development will hinge on having adept staff around him to work on his flaws and embed him into the new methods. At his age and with coaches who believe in his ability, the scope is there for him to usurp Leno sooner than expected, not least if the German continues to falter.

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