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‘He was very open’: Aaron Ramsdale shares what the referee told him after he sent Gabriel off

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has shared what referee Chris Kavanagh told him after Gabriel’s red card.

In an interview with the club’s official website, Ramsdale reflected on Arsenal’s ninth league win of the season.

Ramsdale came away from the game with a clean sheet, but had plenty to do.

He saw a penalty from Patrick Bamford sail past his left-hand post, although he did guess the right way.

Ramsdale made four saves at Elland Road, including a fantastic reaction stop to deny Pascal Struijk.

He was beaten by Bamford at one point from close range before his goal was disallowed.

His performance was hailed by manager Mikel Arteta after the match who said he was ‘outstanding’.

Ramsdale shares what referee Kavanagh told him

The big talking point of the match was the decision to rescind Gabriel’s red card in the final moments.

The Arsenal defender clashed with Bamford in the box, and appeared to kick out at the Leeds striker.

Kavanagh initially sent Gabriel off before awarding Leeds a penalty.

However, after reviewing the incident again, Kavanagh downgraded Gabriel’s red card to a yellow and gave a foul the other way.

Ramsdale believed the referee was ‘very good’ at communicating his decision to the players after Gabriel’s rescinded red card.

“I thought the ref was very good at speaking to the players all game so once it calmed down and we had a chance to speak to him he was very open and honest,” Ramsdale told Arsenal’s official website.

“I thought foul straight away on Big Gabi. Then I saw what happened on the floor, so I can understand the referee’s reaction to give the penalty.

“But once everything calmed down and he checked, it’s a push in the back on Gabi and he said that on first view he didn’t think it was enough to give a foul.

“So, credit to him for going to the monitor, that’s what it’s there for.”

Arsenal remain top of the Premier League and have now extended their lead to four points.

Mikel Arteta’s side should be preparing for a top of the table clash against Manchester City.

However, they’ll instead be hosting PSV Eindhoven in their rearranged Europa League match.

This may give Ramsdale an opportunity to rest, after admitting he felt sick after the yesterday’s match.

 

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