Arsenal fans have new golden boy after unseen Burnley footage comes to light

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Arsenal could have a new fan-favourite after footage surfaced showing young goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale jump to the defence of Kieran Tierney against Burnley. The stopper kept his third successive clean sheet in a Gunners shirt, ensuring the club’s surge back up the Premier League table continued after a torrid start to the campaign.

Eyebrows were raised at Ramsdale’s £24million summer arrival from Sheffield United, particularly given he was expected to be bench bound for the foreseeable future.

However, he was given an opportunity to show his worth earlier than expected after incumbent No 1 Bernd Leno shipped nine goals in the first three league games of the season.

In battling to a 1-0 victory over the Clarets, Ramsdale has now kept three clean sheets in a row since repeating the feat against Norwich and West Bromwich Albion.

While Gunners youngster Bukayo Saka has made waves by featuring on the final 40-man shortlist for the prestigious 2021 Golden Boy award, Ramsdale is doing his best to let fans know that they have another young star to admire.

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In the closing stages at Turf Moor, Ashley Westwood came to angrily confront Tierney who was suffering with cramp.

Ramsdale swiftly leapt to his team-mate’s defence to make sure he could get the necessary treatment, and the Scotsman was eventually taken off.

The former Bournemouth keeper is still in his early-twenties, but he has already demonstrated real leadership qualities under Mikel Arteta.

Fans loved what they saw from the Englishman, with praise tumbling in on social media. 

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“I was absolutely wrong about him. Been loving everything about him since he joined,” said one jubilant fan. 

“Don’t think I’ve loved a new guy before as quick as with Ramsdale. His attitude is so refreshing,” waxed another. 

Such character could be invaluable for the Gunners with tougher fixtures ahead, as a leader will be needed to marshal behind an exciting but inexperienced back four.

His personality on the field should come as no surprise, with his former coach at Bournemouth, Anthony White, telling Sky Sports: “He is a positive guy, a leader and an influential figure in the dressing room.

“The thing that keeps amazing me is the fact he thrives in every situation.

“It’s like having a coach on the pitch.”

As Ramsdale has given his own assurances as to what he can offer in goal, Arteta’s next selection choice is anything but assured.

There have been murmurs that Leno will be reinstated for the crunch north London derby next weekend, although it would be hard to justify leaving Ramsdale out after a series of good performances.

Arteta initially reached for his wildcard when the Gunners were at the foot of the table and desperate for a win. Now, they have regained momentum, and a tense game against Tottenham could be the perfect environment for Ramsdale’s leadership qualities to thrive.

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