Aaron Ramsdale says Arsenal’s lack of title-winning experience means they are approaching this tussle with Manchester City with the mindset of a mid-table team.
‘Because not a lot of us have been here before, we don’t really know how to handle it,’ the goalkeeper said after they moved five points clear with victory over Everton.
‘So we’re just going in and playing the games as if we were 10th, 12th, whatever. We’re just going out to play with our group of team-mates and try and win as many games as possible.’
He added: ‘We have experienced players who have been there and done it – multiple Premier Leagues, Carabao Cups, FA Cups, European Championships… and others are 20, 21, 22 playing the best football of their career and carrying this football team forward.’
It is a change of scene for Ramsdale who joined Arsenal in the summer of 2021 following three relegations, with Bournemouth and Sheffield United and Chesterfield.
Aaron Ramsdale admits Arsenal are lacking experience in their title battle with Man City
The Gunners sit five points clear of City at the top, where they have spent most of the season
But Ramsdale admits they are treating each game like a mid-table team this season
‘I wouldn’t say it’s easy but it’s definitely a pressure which is so much nicer to have than the opposite side,’ the England goalkeeper said.
‘It’s so much easier to play when things are going well and we’re relishing it… I found out the hard way that you can’t get too low or you can’t get too high. If you lose a game of football that can’t take over your whole life, otherwise I would have been sat in a house not seeing the outside world for a long period of my short career. Obviously I want to win every single game and do well, but it’s not the be all and end all at the minute.
‘Of course, if we get to four, five games to go and we are still in the same position that’ll definitely change. But for now, it’s just playing with a group of my mates and enjoying it.’
Arsenal’s young side may not carry the scars of previous title charges gone wrong. But they remain hurt by last season’s collapse which saw them miss out on the Champions League – ‘especially’ as they were pipped to the top four by rivals Tottenham.
‘No one has forgotten about that and what happened,’ Ramsdale said. ‘So that’s obviously a big driving force in this team… knowing our mistakes at the end of the season, the teams we dropped points against and knowing we have to trust our process, trust our basics knowing that if we do nine out of 10, 10 out of 10 then we should get results and if we don't at least we can say we have done everything we can.
‘There were times last year we dipped under our levels, didn't do what we had practised or what we had done all season so it was a big lesson for us and we are just taking it into each game at the minute.’
Bukayo Saka’s goal, shortly before half-time, unlocked a stubborn Everton and put Arsenal on course for a 4-0 victory on Wednesday night.
The Arsenal goalkeeper also heaped praise on Bukayo Saka (pictured) amid a stunning season
It was the 21-year-old’s 10th Premier League goal of the season – one fewer than his highest ever tally.
‘I think he has just got a year older, he has just got more mature, stronger,’ Ramsdale said. ‘He is getting better and better every day and this is just another normal process for him. He keeps his feet on the ground, he’s humble… it is just coming out on the pitch that he is enjoying himself so much. For me, I think he has probably been up there in the top three players of the season.’
As revealed by Sportsmail, Saka is close to signing a new contract worth a minimum £10million a year.
‘I think if he had one week left I wouldn't be worried about him being here. If he had until the end of the season I would still see him here on the first day of pre-season,’ Ramsdale added.
‘It is obviously not affecting him… Bukayo is an Arsenal player and will be for a long time.’
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