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A​rsenal No1 Ramsdale: Competition still strong with Leno

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has a great connection with Bernd Leno.

Ramsdale arrived at the club in the summer from Sheffield United, and has become their undisputed number one ahead of German keeper Leno.

However, Ramsdale says that his relationship with the experienced shot stopper is excellent, despite the healthy competition for places between them.

"With Bernd Leno pushing me every day, I know I can't sit back and take it easy, because he'll take the No.1 spot off me just as quickly as I took it off him," Ramsdale told FourFourTwo.

"He's been good with me – we fight for the same spot, but we have each other's backs too. For me, it's not about what happens months into the first season – I'd prefer to be judged four or five years down the line.

"I thought [that becoming the no.1] would be a process of four months, maybe a year, but I was ready. I felt settled straight away, knowing some of the lads, and the manager made it so easy for me by saying, 'Just go and play your game.' Once I'd got in, it was so comfortable for me to do my stuff.

"The fans have been absolutely amazing with me, too. There was obviously a bit of unrest when I signed – people were talking about me being a second-choice goalkeeper, costing a lot of money and the relegations – but that just gave me added motivation to win them over."


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