After consecutive relegations to the Premier League, many have been baffled by Arsenal’s decision to spend £ 30million on Aaron Ramsdale earlier this season – but his stoppage in the North London derby may explain why.
The 23-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Sheffield United over the summer, was relegated with the Blades last season, as well as Bournemouth the previous season.
So when Arsenal paid a lot of money for the keeper, fans weren’t necessarily impressed with the club’s affairs.
However, after a fantastic save, which preserved Arsenal’s comfortable lead against Tottenham, the England international received plenty of applause.
Ramsdale athletically flipped Lucas Moura’s deflected effort over the crossbar, keeping the score 3-1 in the second minute of the stoppage time, which led to talkSPORT Alex crook saying he should be England’s No.1 goalkeeper.
South Coast talkSPORT correspondent Darren Bent, Crook, “smiled like a proud father” after seeing the former Bournemouth star rock Moura’s rocket on the bar.
Crook said: “I just tweeted, ‘What a backup for Ramsdale – England’s No.1”, and only partly as a joke as well.
“I think he was sensational. Not just the stoppage, but the reaction afterwards, it was like Peter Schmeichel, yelling at his teammates to even have the audacity to let Tottenham shoot.
“He’s a great leader, he’s a great goalkeeper and I tell you what, he could be England’s No.1 for the World Cup – I’m throwing him over there.”
“What a stop, it was an amazing stop,” Bent added.
“England have Jordan Pickford, but Dean Henderson doesn’t play a lot of football right now and with Sam Johnstone in the league …”
At 23, Ramsdale is one of many Arsenal players who impressed in the victory over Spurs, most notably goal scorer Emile Smith-Rowe.
The likes of Bukayo Saka, Ben White, and Kieran Tierney were also superb, and Gary Lineker praised Arteta’s young arms.
The former Tottenham striker tweeted: “I have to say, however, that Arsenal’s youngsters are exceptional.”