The ease with which Aaron Ramsdale settled into the Arsenal dressing room was key to his early success at the club, the goalkeeper has claimed.
The England international Ramsdale joined the Gunners less than eight months ago and yet he has already become one of the most prominent figures at the Emirates Stadium – which he attributes to his rapid adaptation period.
“Signing for Arsenal was an easy decision considering the size of the club and the manager they have,” he said.
“Seeing friendly faces that I’ve played with and known for a long time always helps in any area of life.
“I immediately felt included and didn’t have to hide in a corner waiting for someone to talk to me.
“It allowed me to be myself and settle in quickly and that’s one of the reasons I’ve managed to make an impact this season.”
Ramsdale detailed his integration into the Arsenal squad, aided by fellow Three Lions stars Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe – and an induction rap in front of the whole squad.
“With the Arsenal guys in the England squad, it helped me settle in quickly,” he continued. “Equally, it also helped the other lads when they came over from the England side, like when Emile Smith-Rowe made his debut – we protect each other.
“It’s quite natural for all of us off the pitch and we get along really well. Bukayo Saka was the first person to welcome me when I arrived at Arsenal, so having him in the team was a big help.
“For England, Gareth creates a family atmosphere and that’s what it feels like when you meet the whole team – may it continue for a long time.
“One of the big differences was at Arsenal. All new members have to stand up in front of the team and sing, and I went for the Fresh Prince rap. There are a lot of languages in the dressing room, so I opted for something that everyone would know because I don’t think my music from the 1970s and 80s would have been overly appreciated.
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