German goalkeeper Leno was brought into the starting lineup for the FA Cup match but was unable to do anything against winner Lewis Grabban for the Nottingham Forest championship team
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been an important signing for the London club, with his interactions with his teammates just as important as his actions on the pitch.
We saw an example of this on Sunday, when the 23-year-old was particularly vocal when Bernd Leno took his place between the sticks for the FA Cup fixture against Nottingham Forest.
German striker Leno has been primarily used as Arsenal’s Cup goalkeeper this season, with Ramsdale preferred in the league, and was called into action long before substitute Lewis Grabban gave the squad a championship a surprise victory.
Despite a break in first-team action, Ramsdale was active on the sidelines as his colleague tried to keep Arsenal opponents at bay.
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Ramsdale has been a fixture on Arsenal’s side since making his Premier League debut for the club in September, but Leno impressed against Forest on a day when the Gunners were below par.
“The complaint is about the performance and the goal, the motivation and determination that we haven’t shown, to approach it in a different way,” manager Mikel Arteta said after the game.
“I can’t fault the attitude because they were trying, but that’s the way we tried, the way we kept trying.”
Leno was one of the exceptions, however, making a number of saves to keep Arsenal in the game, and his fellow keeper showed his appreciation.
As football.london noted, Ramsdale has been absent from his seat on the city pitch on several occasions while Leno was important.
The England international was seen shouting encouragement at his colleague, who was playing for the first time since Arsenal won the Carabao Cup against Sunderland in December.
In the end, however, Leno’s saves against Philip Zinckernagel and James Garner weren’t enough, with Grabban’s late goal settling the tie.
Arsenal failed to register a shot on target in the 1-0 loss as Eddie Nketiah missed the Gunners best chance of the game.
Ramsdale’s demeanor was a reminder of the qualities that have made him endearing to Arsenal fans and teammates since joining Sheffield United in the summer.
The goalkeeper has been mentioned as a potential future captain for the London club, with Arteta yet to name a permanent successor to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Gabonese striker was stripped of the armband in December.
Rob Holding was the team captain against Nottingham Forest, while Alexandre Lacazette has also worn the armband in recent weeks.
Next up for Arsenal is the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool, where Arteta will have to decide whether to continue with Leno as the cup keeper or bring Ramsdale back into the fold.