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Ramsdale Revels in Dramatic Injury-Time Win: 'Nothing Like It in Football'

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

Ramsdale applauds team spirit and praises England teammate Rice's maiden Gunners goal.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale was basked in the euphoria of an electrifying injury-time victory, as Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus orchestrated a dramatic turnaround against Manchester United in the Premier League, securing all three crucial points.

Amidst the jubilation on Sunday, the goalkeeper couldn't contain his joy, remarking as quoted: “For endings like that, I think it’s a toss-up, you probably want to win 3-0 and be comfortable but when you do have that feeling, there’s nothing quite like it in football."

The Emirates Stadium witnessed an emotionally charged afternoon, and Ramsdale continued: “It’s a great way to end it going into the international break and one which we can breathe, relax and enjoy."

The match itself was a roller-coaster ride, with Ramsdale recalling: “It was a topsy-turvy game, going 1-0 down, 1-1 and then you think you’ve got a penalty and you don’t, then you think you’ve conceded, and you haven’t.”

“So, to keep going and playing the Arsenal way, playing the way which we want to play, it’s testament to the players because we’re just trusting what we’re doing."

Ramsdale highlighted the importance of the camaraderie within the team, stating: “Like the manager said in the week, relationships are built in the grass and that left unit probably trained with each other for four or five days, with Zinchenko coming back from injury, and you can see it slowly starting to click.”

Praising his England compatriot Declan Rice, who netted his debut goal for Arsenal in the dying moments, Ramsdale commented: “He hasn’t stopped smiling! I’ve just been asked in a different interview if it’ll take the pressure off his shoulders, but I’m not too sure if he feels any pressure.

"It’s great that he’s got a goal so early on, we want him to score more, we want him to be in a position to shoot and score; he probably should have scored in the first half with a header. And you can see what he does going backwards. So, again four games into his Arsenal career, if he has more time with us, we’ll have more time with him, and you’ll see a completely different Declan Rice from now until the end of the season. For him, it’s top.

The jubilant celebrations after Rice's late heroics included a unique chant, as Ramsdale recounted: “The celebrations were crazy, and we just sung Rice Rice Baby. Honestly, it was a strange afternoon. I never thought I’d hear Rice Rice Baby in a football stadium with a bunch of 30 people ranging from 40-year-olds to 18-year-olds dancing around, but that’s football and that’s what we love!”

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