In an appearance on The Fellas podcast, Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has revealed what was said between him and Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison during a heated confrontation in the recent North London derby.
Tottenham fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of their fierce rivals, with Arsenal taking all three points in a 2-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. The result helped the Gunners extend their lead at the top of the Premier League while leaving Spurs further from the top four.
Naturally, the game saw tempers flare as fans expressed their frustration and players on either side got under each other’s skin. At the end of the game, Ramsdale riled up the Spurs fans by celebrating right in front of them.
The situation escalated when Brazil attacker Richarlison rushed over to the Arsenal keeper, appearing to frantically tell him to stop what he was doing.
The pair squared up, and unsavoury scenes unfolded among the Spurs supporters, too, and Ramsdale has now explained what went down during the incident.
He said: “Richarlison, erm. Basically, he lost the game, which was fair enough and he didn’t take to my celebrating, which actually, I didn’t do too much. There’s a lot of people who score and take their shirts off and do all sorts.
“You also get Jamie Vardy, who I love for this and it’s so good. He scored at Crystal Palace and did the eagle.
“Jamie Vardy’s a top guy. When we play we speak to each other and that. He’s a Sheffield Wednesday fan and the year before actually he scored against Sheffield United and cupped his ears. One of the funniest pictures ever, Sheffield United fans fuming at him.
“But then there’s a line. The fans didn’t try and go boot him. But people who score do a lot more. Like I turned around and you can see on the video. There were probably three or four fans who were giving me some, probably our age. They took it really well.
“They took it proper well, as best as you can as you’ve just lost the derby. But it was reciprocated really well. So I turned around to give them a fist bump and a little kiss of the badge, that was it. I’ve done a lot worse, a lot worse at other places.
“He basically was just like ‘no, no, no, go over there’ pointing to our [Arsenal] fans. Then I was just like I’m getting my water bottle and my towel.
“He was pointing at me in my face, that’s just after the game and I don’t think he should have done it but at the same time I could see why, he thought I was winding the fans up and that.
“But like even in the game, obviously he’s teammates with some of our Brazilian boys and in the game they’re at each other then after the game…
“That’s the thing, it happens in games, that’s fine. I actually thought I was quite tame.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Fair play to Richarlison, I think he was doing the right thing there for sure. He was just protecting our fans, which is really nice to see, and things clearly just got out of hand.
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