Ramsdale explains "s***house" antics and Fernandes penalty celebration

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale has expressed his "enjoyment" regarding his "s***house" antics while clarifying his antagonistic celebration after Bruno Fernandes' recent penalty miss.

The Gunners goalkeeper has been one of the club's stand-out performers this campaign and has played a significant part in his side's recent resurgence, which has left Mikel Arteta's men within touching distance of securing a Champions League return next season. However, in addition to catching the eye with consistently exceptional displays, the Arsenal stopper has also found himself in the headlines for other reasons.

The 23-year-old has garnered a reputations as one of the beautiful game's biggest "s***houses" having been caught up in a number of banterous exchanges with opposition players and fans alike throughout the season. This was no more so epitomised that in the wake of Fernandes' penalty miss during Arsenal's recent 3-1 success over Manchester United.

Days after hitting the headlines for taunting Chelsea fans by waving at them following Bukayo Saka's penalty in a 4-2 win for the Gunners, Ramsdale's "s***house" antics were further evident against United. After Fernandes fluffed his lines and saw his penalty clip the outside of the post, with the game precariously poised at 2-1, the Arsenal goalkeeper sprinted off his line before undertaking some overzealous celebrations in front of the distraught United spot-kick taker.

Appearing on the latest episode of That Peter Crouch Podcast, Ramsdale was probed on his behaviour. Crouch said: "I believe you’re on your way to becoming a top s***houser, one of England’s greatest. The Keown move versus Bruno Fernandes, for me, top s***house move of the season."

In response, Ramsdale replied: "It was good ‘housery. But I think it got blown out of proportion because there was five or six Arsenal players in front of me, so I celebrated with them. It’s just emotion, it’s nothing to do with him, nothing to do with his football club or anything like that, it’s just pure emotion.

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"I find it quite funny how other players or other fans can do what they want to goalies who stand there on their own for 90 minutes and get abused. I waved at a Chelsea fan the other week who was giving me all sorts all second half and we scored the penalty and I waved at him.

"The security guard said ‘why’d you do that? That wasn’t necessary’ so I said ‘you’ve listened to everything he’s said, every name under the sun, and I can’t simply wave’. It’s enjoyment for me.

"It keeps me engaged if I’m giving some out to the players or fans. I can’t make a mistake or I’m going to get hammered so after Fernandes missed that penalty, I knew that if he’d have scored against me I’m in big, big trouble."

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