Aaron Ramsdale has admitted being a footballer is hard but says he’s not looking sympathy as it’s also one of the best jobs in the world.
Aaron Ramsdale wasted no time in making himself an Arsenal fans’ favourite when he was thrust into the first team after just three games last season.
Arriving with massive question marks over his head, Ramsdale quickly won over the majority of fans with his ability and his personality.
The Daily Mail, who have already seen Amazon’s Arsenal All or Nothing series that is released on 4 August and, from that, they have pulled out some snippets and then interviewed some Arsenal players about them.
First up is Ramsdale who was asked what he hoped fans would learn from the documentary.
“How hard it is to be a footballer,” Ramsdale said. “One of the best jobs in the world, but one of the worst at the same time.
“Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t me preaching like, “Oh, everyone feel sorry for us”, but the time away from families and kids, and living out of a suitcase, travelling.
“The stress you put on yourself, the stress you have in terms of the fanbase. One weekend it’s the best job in the world and you are 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.
“I just hope from what comes out they get to see that we are only human, and you get to see us enjoying ourselves but that at times we are suffering together.
“That’s the hardest thing to get out. Everyone thinks football is easy, you are on the pitch for two or three hours and you go home, but it’s just not like that.
“You are travelling 24/7, you are in the gym. Like I said it’s not me moaning saying we want some sympathy, it’s facts of the job.”
Ramsdale then went on to talk about his debut for Arsenal and how stressful that was for his family watching, particularly his father.
“Yeah, he hates it,” Ramsdale said. “Especially now. He tells me week in, week out to stop passing it into midfield because it gives him a heart attack.
“In previous years it was the other way round. My mum was the one struggling, with losing and relegation and things — he knew the type of person I was, stronger than my mum thought.
“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, I believe he walks in and out of the box 24/7 throughout the game.
“It’s definitely taxing on the families as well because my mood for the whole weekend will revolve around the game.”