Mikel Arteta heaped praise on Arsenal £24m signing

By | November 16, 2021

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that he decided to bring in Aaron Ramsdale after being impressed with the player’s personality while watching video clips of Aaron in action.

He joined the north Londoners in the summer from relegated Sheffield United for a sum in the region of £24 million plus add-ons.

The figure sparked criticism from sections of the Gunners fanbase, with Aaron being forced to limit comment on social media soon after the star arrived at the Emirates.

However, the Englishman has since displaced Bernd Leno to become the club’s No.1 keeper following a string of fine showings.

And Mikel has finally revealed that it was the 23-year-old stopper’s character to bounce back from difficult moments that convinced him to sanction the summer move.

‘Obviously we needed to identify where we can get better and what we were missing or how we want to mould our experience and our leadership,’ the Spanish head coach said.

‘And that is all obviously about personalities and the people you bring into the club, and we thought that Aaron could be very beneficial.

‘I watched a lot of clips and moments after he conceded a goal, making a mistake or a difficult moment, and that’s one of the big reasons that we made a decision to sign him because he could cope with those.

‘Connection is the right word. Connection brings unity and brings a different kind of vibration between fans and players – and it’s very necessary.

‘Aaron is capable of transmitting that in a natural way. His competitiveness as well, on the pitch, brings the crowd to a different level, because of his desire to win. This is the mentality that we need.’