Aaron Ramsdale Clinches Back-to-Back Goalkeeper Awards
Aaron Ramsdale has once again showcased his goalkeeping prowess by clinching the esteemed Castrol Save of the Month award for the second successive month. The talented shot-stopper’s heroic save during Arsenal’s captivating 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield secured him this prestigious accolade.
Ramsdale’s remarkable performance saw him deny Liverpool’s prolific forward, Mohamed Salah, a trademark goal, ultimately earning his team a crucial point in their encounter last April. The Arsenal number one exhibited outstanding agility as he lunged across his goal line, expertly tipping a deflected curling effort from Salah just beyond the post. The save proved to be a game-changing moment, transpiring in the dying moments of an intensely contested match on the 9th of April.
A difficult man to beat 👊
Back-to-back @Castrol Save of the Month awards for @AaronRamsdale98 🧤#PLAwards | @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/2a3eNG1R2l
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 12, 2023
This achievement has solidified Ramsdale’s place in history, as he becomes the first goalkeeper ever to retain the coveted Castrol Save of the Month award. Notably, the English goalkeeper had also received the accolade in March, following a spectacular stop that prevented Dango Ouattara from scoring what seemed like an inevitable goal in Arsenal’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.
In addition to this remarkable feat, Ramsdale joins the esteemed company of Nick Pope, who clinched the award in August and January. Both goalkeepers have achieved the remarkable distinction of winning the Castrol Save of the Month accolade twice in a single season. Such a recognition serves as a testament to the exceptional shot-stopping abilities demonstrated by Ramsdale and Pope throughout the campaign.
Reflecting on his sensational save, Aaron Ramsdale shared his perspective, stating,
“I vividly recall Salah positioning himself on his favored left foot, and I anticipated his intention to cut inside and aim for the top corner. The game was emotionally and mentally exhausting, prompting me to rely on instinct and draw upon the countless repetitions from my training sessions. Fortunately, I managed to execute a crucial tip around the post.”
The 2022/23 season has witnessed a remarkable domination by English goalkeepers in the Castrol Save of the Month award. Ramsdale, Pope, and Jordan Pickford have collectively secured the honor in five out of the eight months thus far, underscoring the exceptional goalkeeping talent within the English footballing landscape.
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