Official: Arsenal sign Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United

Arsenal have signed Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United in a move believed to be worth £30m, including add-ons.

Aaron Ramsdale has been Mikel Arteta’s number one choice to be his new number one all summer. He’s young and homegrown, with bags of potential we perhaps didn’t see displayed to their fullest last season in the Premier League.

Ramsdale, who turned 23 in May, hails from Chesterton, a village close to Stoke-on-Trent where he was born.

Moving from Bolton’s youth team to Sheffield United’s in 2013 when he was 15 where he signed his first professional contract in May 2016 when he turned 18.

The Blades then sold Ramsdale to Bournemouth for £846,000 and although he spent three years with them, he was sent out on two loans to Chesterfield and AFC Wimbledon respectively.

Sheffield United bought him back from Bournemouth last summer for £18.45m.

To recap:

2013 Ramsdale joins Sheffield United 2017 Sold to Bournemouth for £846k 2018 Loaned to Chesterfield in January (League Two) 2019 Loaned to AFC Wimbledon in January (League One) 2019 Bournemouth first team (Premier League) 2020 Sheffield United buy him back for £18.45m

He has career stats of: Played 116, conceded 185, cleansheets 20. In the Premier League his record over the past two seasons reads played 75, conceded 125, cleansheets 10. It’s worth noting the quality of the defences in front of him for those games and pointing out that Bernd Leno only has 19 cleansheets in the Premier League over the past two seasons.

Ramsdale has been called up by the senior England team but has yet to receive his first cap.

He will wear the number 32.

Sheffield United said in a statement, “Sheffield United have accepted an offer for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

“The club turned down a number of bids from Arsenal and expressed a desire to keep Ramsdale at Bramall Lane for the long-term.

“However, discussions earlier this week with the player and his representatives highlighted his desire to further his career away from S2. In addition, Arsenal returned with another improved, head-turning bid.

“It was felt the best decision was to accept a club record, undisclosed fee and wish Aaron well for the future.

“He made a total of 46 appearances in all competitions for the Blades after making his debut at home to Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in 2016.”

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