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Sport Paul Merson says Arsenal summer signing was 'shaky' in Burnley victory

07:45  19 september  2021
07:45  19 september  2021 Source:   metro.co.uk

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Paul Merson, Mikel Arteta are posing for a picture: Paul Merson discussed new Arsenal stars Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale (Pictures: Sky Sports/Getty) © Provided by Metro Paul Merson discussed new Arsenal stars Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale (Pictures: Sky Sports/Getty)

Paul Merson hailed ‘outstanding’ goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after Arsenal’s victory at Burnley but said fellow Gunners summer signing Ben White was ‘shaky’ at Turf Moor.

Mikel Arteta’s side picked up their second win of the season and first away from home on Saturday, beating Sean Dyche’s Burnley 1-0 thanks to Martin Odegaard’s brilliant free-kick.

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Arsenal hero Merson praised Ramsdale’s performance at Burnley – describing the shot-stopper as ‘outstanding’ – but was less impressed by £50m signing White.

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Burnley were awarded a penalty when Ramsdale rushed out to White’s under-hit backpass and felled Matej Vydra, but the decision was overturned as replays showed the former Sheffield United goalkeeper had touched the ball first.

Merson described Ramsdale's performance as 'outstanding' © Provided by Metro Merson described Ramsdale's performance as 'outstanding'

‘I’ve been a bit critical of Aaron Ramsdale, but he was outstanding today,’ Merson told Sky Sports after the win.

‘I can see now… he took pressure off the team. He looked confident, he was catching balls.

‘No disrespect to Sheffield United but he was having 15 shots against him a game. Today he had a couple of shots and he made the right decisions.

Merson described Ramsdale’s performance as ‘outstanding’ (Picture: Getty) © Provided by Metro Merson described Ramsdale’s performance as ‘outstanding’ (Picture: Getty)

‘He made a great decision for the backpass. Ben White was still a bit shaky, he goes to pass the ball back to Ramsdale and it’s well short.

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‘But Ramsdale comes out and gets his foot to it.’

Arteta, meanwhile, praised Arsenal’s resilience after they kept Burnley at bay and climbed up to 12th in the Premier League table.

‘It was a hard-fought victory at a really tough place. You have to be ready for a fight,’ he said.

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‘In the first half we had some really good periods when we were really dominant and should have scored more goals. In the second half we gave the ball away cheaply too many times.

‘We have players who are not at their strength playing in this type of game, but they did their best and we got the win.

‘I’m very proud of them defensively and I’m really pleased with the win. It’s two wins in a row, two clean sheets. Let’s go again. We have a lot to catch up!’

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