Edu’s £30m transfer vindicated as Mikel Arteta and Arsenal told summer signing is world-class

Ben Foster has claimed that Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is world-class.

Eyebrows were raised when the Gunners decided to splash out £30million on the Englishman following back-to-back relegations with Sheffield United and Bournemouth.

However, the young shot-stopper has proven to be an excellent acquisition by technical director Edu, registering ten clean sheets in just 18 Premier League outings – the joint second-most in the division.

Now, Watford ‘keeper Foster has hailed Ramsdale‘s talent, arguing that the 23-year-old is now world-class following his excellent form for Mikel Arteta‘s side, which had even earned him his first England cap back in November.

Speaking to 90min, Foster said: “There’s a massive difference between up and coming and should be and might be, because when you actually get out there and you have to do it week in, week out, it’s a very different proposition.

“That’s when you can really see if you’ve got that few extra per cent which makes you either world-class or just a good goalkeeper.

“At the minute, I think the one that’s out there doing it, proving it and showing it is Aaron Ramsdale. It’s very easy to say that, but he’s actually doing it.

“He is showing everyone that he is world-class. He’s got everything to his game, he can make saves, he’s dominant, he plays out from the back and he’s doing it week in, week out.

“You’ll very rarely see a mistake from him, he’s always the same temperament and he looks like he’s a leader as well.

“You look at the way Ramsdale has been doing this season, playing it out from the back – incredible – side-volleying it all over the shop, then making saves to boot. That is the ideal modern goalkeeper nowadays.”

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