Arsenal star Ramsdale on dealing with social media trolls and how he worries his dad

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Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has revealed the drastic measure he’s taken into tackling online abuse from social media trolls.

The 24-year-old joined Arsenal from Sheffield United for £25million last summer, and has established himself as the Gunners’ No.1.

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Ramsdale has revealed how he copes with social media trolls

The England international shares his thoughts on social media in the opening episode of Amazon’s highly anticipated All or Nothing Arsenal documentary, which launches on August 4 when episodes 1-3 are released.

Plenty had their doubts about his credentials to be Arsenal’s first choice keeper but Ramsdale says he turns his social media comments off, in order to stop seeing any online abuse he was getting, and only reads messages from people he was closest to.

“At the very start, it was difficult,” he said. “I had a lot of negativity around the signing, with idiots online saying ‘Don’t sign!’

“Not necessarily death threats but threats saying ‘We know where you live’ and things like that, trying to scare me. 

“Quite quickly I turned all that stuff off. Social media for me is a place to communicate with my friends and with the fans as well, but with limits on who can actually reach me. 

“So, I just turned comments off from people I don’t follow and turned notifications off on Twitter from people I don’t follow. They can still try to message me but I will never see it.”


The 25-year-old has proved his critics wrong in his first season at Arsenal

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The 25-year-old has proved his critics wrong in his first season at Arsenal

Many fans believed Arsenal were wasting money on a player who suffered back-to-back relegations with Bournemouth and Sheffield United, respectively.

Ramsdale added it was a no-brainer to restrict what he could see online for himself and also for the sake of his family.

“It was safer for me, but also my family as well,” he said. “My mum and dad are obviously on social media. They don’t really know what they are doing, but it’s quite easy for them to type in Ramsdale on Twitter to get to my page and end up on a page where there is a lot of negativity and abuse.

“And then they read it and get upset. So, it did make me feel a lot safer.

Ramsdale is a popular figure at the Emirates

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Ramsdale is a popular figure at the Emirates

“But I knew coming in that the only people that I needed to impress were my teammates and then obviously the manager who brought me in and had faith in me. I needed to listen to them and the close ones around me.

“So, as much as I had to turn it off because it got too much, it wasn’t too much for me in terms of introverting myself.”

And Ramsdale says he has no intention to turn the comments back on.

“No. Never,” he said when asked about turning social media comments back on.

He will battle it out with Jordan Pickford for England’s No.1 shirt at the World Cup

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He will battle it out with Jordan Pickford for England’s No.1 shirt at the World Cup

“You are just setting yourself up for a downfall. As much as I love the fans, they don’t really have an opinion on what we do on the pitch.

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“The people I need to impress, like I said, are the manager, the coaching staff and ultimately my team-mates. If I have their trust, then I’ll have the fans’ trust as well.”

Ramsdale also touched on how big an impact his family has played on his career in the opening episodes, which show him signing and his family in the crowd for his first ever match for the Gunners against Norwich.

His mum is seen smiling and the pain on his dad’s face when he plays the ball out from the back is evident.

Ramsdale has a great support network around him

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Ramsdale has a great support network around him

“He [my dad] hates it,” Ramsdale claimed. “Especially now. He tells me week in, week out to stop passing it into midfield because it gives him a heart attack.

“I think in previous years it was the other way round, my mum was probably the one struggling, with losing and relegation and things. I think that affected her more than him – he knew the type of person I was.

“Now it’s the other way, where I have a lot of responsibility on the ball and it gives him more of a heart attack than my mum. He walks in and out of the box 24/7 throughout the game. It’s just one of those things.”

Ramsdale added: “It’s one of the best jobs in the world [to be a footballer], but one of the worst at the same time.

In doing so, it helps him to focus more on his game

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In doing so, it helps him to focus more on his game

“Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t me preaching like ‘Oh everyone feel sorry for us’, but the time away from families, kids, living out of a suitcase, travelling. 

“The stress you put on yourself, the stress you have in terms of the fanbase. One weekend you’re living on cloud nine and winning games, and the next week you lose against a team you shouldn’t lose to and it’s doom and gloom. 

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“I just hope that with what comes out they (the fans) get to see that we are just human, and you get to see us enjoying ourselves but, at times, we are suffering together. 

“I think that’s the hardest thing to get out. Everyone thinks football is easy, you’re on the pitch for two or three hours and you go home, but it’s just not like that. 

“You’re travelling 24/7, you’re in the gym. But like I said it’s not me moaning saying we want some sympathy, it’s just the facts of the job.”

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