Signing talented players is only part of the equation when it comes to assembling a squad. Those hired must share the ideology, believe in togetherness, and work together as a team, at least on the field.
Mikel Arteta’s team is a terrific blend of all of those characteristics, with the added bonus of being a half-decent group of footballers.
The seven-match unbeaten record in the Premier League has been constructed on the back of five clean sheets, which is a tribute to the new look back five’s efforts.
Aaron Ramsdale, who has yet to lose as an Arsenal player, is one of them. He’s exceptional in goal, and he’s built strong bonds with all of his defenders, notably Benjamin White, whom he’s known since he was a kid.
The entire defense has displayed incredible enthusiasm and commitment, and Ramsdale revealed in hilarious detail how committed White is to keeping a clean sheet on the Tubes and Ange YouTube channel.
“Ben White and Gabriel and Tomiyasu or KT or Nuno [Tavares], whenever they’re playing, we actually really enjoy defending,” the 23-year-old said. “I think you see when we make blocks or saves, we are all together and we are fist-bumping.
“Ben said to me in the middle of the game, ‘When you make a save, I just want to punch you in the face!’
“Me and Ben have known each other for a long time and I think because the ball got cleared and no one sort of came and celebrated I was just like calm down a little bit.”
Aside from that amusing tale, Ramsdale stated that this is a group of players who enjoy defending. They appreciate their work and adore the art.
This is reflected in the performances, and one of the reasons why supporters adore this group of players is because it is evident that they are just as committed to the cause as they are. The way this squad conducts themselves and how they pass that on to the fans has helped to shape the sense of unity that has pervaded the season.
White’s desire to punch his goalkeeper in the face after he made a save demonstrates this.
Ramsdale also discussed his on-field antics and the abuse he receives from fans in the video, claiming that he enjoys the incessant heckling and even sings along to songs about him.