Aaron Ramsdale

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Aaron Ramsdale
Aaron Ramsdale 2019 (cropped).png
Ramsdale with AFC Bournemouth in 2019
Personal information
Full name Aaron Christopher Ramsdale[1]
Date of birth (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 1
Youth career
Marsh Town
Bolton Wanderers
2013–2016 Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Sheffield United 0 (0)
2017–2020 AFC Bournemouth 37 (0)
2018Chesterfield (loan) 19 (0)
2019AFC Wimbledon (loan) 20 (0)
2020–2021 Sheffield United 40 (0)
2021– Arsenal 42 (0)
National team
2016 England U18 2 (0)
2016–2017 England U19 12 (0)
2017–2018 England U20 5 (0)
2018–2021 England U21 15 (0)
2021– England 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:08, 1 October 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:32, 14 June 2022 (UTC)

Aaron Christopher Ramsdale (born 14 May 1998) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Arsenal and the England national team.

Ramsdale began his senior club career playing for Sheffield United and signed for AFC Bournemouth in 2017. Following successive loans to Chesterfield and AFC Wimbledon, Ramsdale played a season with Bournemouth and re-joined Sheffield United in a transfer worth an initial £18 million. In 2021, Ramsdale signed for Arsenal in a club record transfer worth up to £30 million, becoming their most expensive goalkeeper.

Ramsdale has represented England at all levels from under-18 to the senior team, and won the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2017, and was in the squad that finished as runners-up at UEFA Euro 2020.

Early life[edit]

Ramsdale was born in Stoke-on-Trent and was raised in the nearby village of Chesterton.[4] Ramsdale began his career at Newcastle-under-Lyme-based club Marsh Town. Goalkeeping coach Fred Barber took him up to Bolton Wanderers for a trial and they ended up signing him.[5] In 2014, Ramsdale was identified by The Sentinel as a future prospect after helping his school, Sir Thomas Boughey High School, to reach the English Schools' FA Cup semi-final.[5]

Club career[edit]

Sheffield United[edit]

In 2013, Ramsdale joined Sheffield United after time spent in the Bolton Wanderers youth team.[6] After graduating from Sheffield United's youth academy,[6] Ramsdale signed a scholarship with the club in May 2014.[7] Ramsdale appeared twice as an unused substitute during the 2015–16 season against Coventry City and Scunthorpe United.[8] In May 2016, he signed his first professional contract with the club.[9]

Ramsdale made his professional debut starting in a 6–0 home victory over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup, keeping a clean sheet in the process.[10] He also made another appearance in the FA Cup against Bolton Wanderers but lost 3–2.[11]

Ramsdale with AFC Bournemouth in 2020

AFC Bournemouth[edit]

On 31 January 2017, he was signed by Premier League club AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £800,000.[12] However, the move was reported to cost £1 million.[13] Ramsdale was on the bench for the final game of the 2016–17 season against Leicester City.[14]

Ramsdale made both his Premier League debut and his full debut for Bournemouth on the opening day of the 2019–20 season, in a 1–1 draw against former team Sheffield United.[15] Ramsdale established himself as Bournemouth's first choice keeper in the first few months of the 2019–20 season, starting every Premier League game for the club until 12 January, when he missed the match against Watford due to injury.[16] He returned to the team in the next Premier League game, a 1–0 loss to Norwich City.[17]

He signed a new, long-term contract with the club in October 2019.[18] That same month, Ramsdale's form saw him win the club's Player of the Month award for October, keeping clean sheets in the games against Norwich City and Watford.[19] His form continued in the next few months, as he again picked up the club's Player of the Month award in January for another string of excellent performances, including a Man of the Match winning display against Brighton & Hove Albion.[20] On 10 August, Ramsdale was named Player of the Year by the club's supporters.[21]

Loans to Chesterfield and Wimbledon[edit]

In the January 2018 transfer window, Ramsdale was loaned out to Chesterfield for the rest of the 2017–18 season.[22] Ramsdale made his Chesterfield debut against Accrington Stanley on 6 January 2018, but scored an own goal after he "allowed a seemingly harmless Jackson strike from the right to squirm into the net", in a 4–0 loss.[23] A week later, against Luton Town, he kept a clean sheet in a 2–0 win.[24] In the 2017–18 season, Ramsdale made 19 appearances in total for the club in League Two, but was ultimately unable to help prevent the club from suffering relegation to the National League.[25]

On 4 January 2019, Ramsdale joined AFC Wimbledon on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.[26] The next day, Ramsdale made his debut for the Dons in a 3–2 FA Cup third round victory over Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium in Fleetwood.[27] His league debut came a week later in a 1–1 draw with Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.[28] He helped the club defeat West Ham in the FA Cup. In the 2018–19 season, Ramsdale made 20 appearances in total for the club in League One, and in doing so he won the club's Young Player of the Season Award for his performances in goal,[29] as Wimbledon achieved survival in League One despite being 10 points from safety in February.[30]

Return to Sheffield United[edit]

On 19 August 2020, Ramsdale rejoined Sheffield United,[31][4] for a reported fee of £18.5 million on a four-year deal.[32] In May 2021, he was named Sheffield United's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year after being ever present between the sticks all season.[33]

Arsenal[edit]

On 20 August 2021, Ramsdale signed for Premier League club Arsenal on a long-term contract.[34] He made his debut away to West Bromwich Albion in the Carabao Cup five days later, and kept a clean sheet as Arsenal won 6–0.[35] He made his Premier League debut on 11 September and kept another clean sheet as Arsenal defeated Norwich City 1–0 at the Emirates Stadium.[36] After a run of clean sheets in the League, he conceded his first goal in a 3–1 home win against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby on 26 September.[37] In a 2–0 away win against Leicester City on 30 October,[38] he was highly praised for one of his saves and overall performance by pundits including former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who described his save from a James Maddison free-kick as the "best save I've seen for years".[39][40] In November 2021, following a string of impressive performances, Ramsdale was one of eight players to be nominated for the Premier League's Player of the Month Award for October, though it was eventually awarded to Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.[41][42] He was also named Arsenal's Player of the Month for October 2021, with 60% of the votes from the club's supporters.[43] He won the award again in November with 42% of the votes.[44] Following the departure of Bernd Leno at the beginning of the 2022–23 season, Ramsdale took the number one shirt at Arsenal.[45]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Ramsdale has represented England at Under 18, Under 19, Under 20 and Under 21 level.[46]

He was first called up by England U18 in March 2016 and made his debut for the team in a 4–1 win over Republic of Ireland U18 on 27 March 2016.[47] He went on to make two appearances for the England U18 team.

In August 2016, Ramsdale was called up by England U19, where he made his debut on 4 September 2016, in a 1–0 loss against Belgium U19.[48] Ramsdale started all five games for the England under-19 team that won the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship[49] and kept three clean sheets in five matches during the tournament.[50]

After winning the UEFA European U19-Championship, Ramsdale was called up by England U20 in August 2017, where he made his debut on 4 September 2017, in a 0–0 draw against Switzerland U20.[51]

On 18 May 2018, Ramsdale received a call up to England U21s for the first time by Manager Aidy Boothroyd, for the Toulon Tournament.[52] Ramsdale received his first cap for the England U21 team on 1 June 2018, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 win against Qatar.[53] Ramsdale was first choice goalkeeper during qualifiers for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[54] and also started all three games for England as they were eliminated at the group stage of that tournament.[55]

Senior team[edit]

On 25 May 2021, Ramsdale was called up as part of Gareth Southgate's 33-man provisional senior squad for the delayed UEFA Euro 2020.[56] He was not named in the final 26-man squad, with goalkeepers Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone and Jordan Pickford being selected ahead of him,[57] but was called up to the squad one game into the tournament after Henderson withdrew with an injury.[58] Ramsdale made his debut for the senior squad starting in a 10–0 away victory against San Marino during the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on 15 November 2021.[59]

Media[edit]

Ramsdale was involved in the Amazon Original sports docuseries All or Nothing: Arsenal, which documented the club by spending time with the coaching staff and players behind the scenes both on and off the field throughout their 2021–22 season.[60][61]

Personal life[edit]

Ramsdale is a West Bromwich Albion fan, and cited an admiration for their former keeper Ben Foster when he played against him in 2019.[62]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 1 October 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield United 2015–16[63] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[64] League One 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
AFC Bournemouth 2016–17[64] Premier League 0 0 0 0
2017–18[65] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19[66] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019–20[67] Premier League 37 0 0 0 0 0 37 0
Total 37 0 0 0 0 0 37 0
Chesterfield (loan) 2017–18[65] League Two 19 0 19 0
AFC Wimbledon (loan) 2018–19[66] League One 20 0 3 0 23 0
Sheffield United 2020–21[68] Premier League 38 0 4 0 0 0 42 0
2021–22[69] Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 40 0 4 0 0 0 44 0
Arsenal 2021–22[69] Premier League 34 0 0 0 3 0 37 0
2022−23[70] Premier League 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 42 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 45 0
Career total 158 0 9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 170 0

International[edit]

As of match played 14 June 2022[71]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2021 1 0
2022 2 0
Total 3 0

Honours[edit]

England U19

England U21

England

Individual

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