Another clip has emerged of Aaron Ramsdale admitting to Arsenal legend Ian Wright that he likes interacting with fans during matches because he can’t concentrate for a full match.
Ramsdale is going through a difficult period at the Emirates after losing his number 1 spot to David Raya this season, having been Mikel Arteta’s number one goalkeeper in the previous two seasons.
The 25-year-old played a key role in Arsenal’s title challenge last season but attracted some criticism for ‘talking’ to fans during matches. However, over the summer Ramsdale explained to Wright the reasoning behind his on-field antics.
‘If you ask me to concentrate on a game of football for 90 minutes, I’m done. I can’t do it,” he told Wright and British rapper Bugzy Malone Behind the game.
“So that’s why I get involved with the fans and sing along to the songs. Someone insults me, I will turn around and give him a little back.
Aaron Ramsdale explained earlier this year why he interacts with fans during games
Ramsdale is known for his interaction with fans and his antics have divided opinion
He told Ian Wright he did it because he couldn’t concentrate for a full match, leaving the Arsenal legend visibly stunned
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‘I had two or three minutes of some sort of madness in my head, straight back to football. I have 10/15 minutes of pure concentration again. Before you know it, peace has arrived.’
When Ramsdale revealed his problems with avoiding distractions, Wright couldn’t hide his surprise at what he heard.
The former Gunners star was left with his mouth wide open and stunned by Ramsdale’s admission, and he wasn’t alone.
Supporters have also reacted to the clip on social media and believe Ramsdale has made a big mistake by making public his difficulty concentrating during matches.
“What the hell did this brother do. This is a huge weakness. Dude should have worked on it since he realized it and make sure no one else does,” one fan posted on X.
Another focused on Wright’s reaction, commenting on the video clip: “Ian Wright’s reaction and facial expression says it all.”
Meanwhile, one fan pointed out that Ramsdale’s distraction had cost Arsenal in the past, writing: “I remember we lost our game against Southampton because he saw a bird.”
Ramsdale was criticized on social media for exposing a ‘huge weakness’ in his game
The match the supporter is referring to ended in a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s last October, but saw Arsenal drop two points when Ramsdale appeared to watch a bird go over his goal several times before Stuart Armstrong was put through on goal passed on. and flew past him.
Ramsdale’s problems staying focused may have played a role in Arteta’s decision to make the move from goalkeeper this season. The player himself admitted that he fears for his place in the England squad ahead of next summer’s European Championship if he continues to be overlooked at the club. level.
Ramsdale’s father, Nick, has admitted his son has lost ‘that smile’ since he was ousted, but he is confident he will continue to ‘fight to win titles’ with the club rather than leave to go elsewhere to go.