Aaron Ramsdale pocketed £17 from angry Leeds fans at Elland Road
They do say that possession is nine-tenths of the law...
Aaron Ramsdale has revealed that he pocketed £17 from angry Leeds fans who threw coins onto the pitch during Arsenal's 4-1 win over Leeds in December.
The English shot-stopper, who signed for the Gunners in the summer for £24million from Sheffield United, has goaded opposition supporters on a number of occasions this season - particular during Arsenal's clash at Elland Road this month.
As Mikel Arteta's side ran riot scoring four goals, Ramsdale blew kisses, winked and celebrated in front of the Leeds fans.
Speaking about the game on Ben Foster's podcast, the goalkeeper revealed that lighters, e-cigarettes and coins were thrown towards him, leading him to take the money - all £17 of it - back into the dressing room.
Aaron Ramsdale on Leeds fans throwing coins at him
“I said to Kalvin Phillips: ‘bloody hell, your fans must be loaded! I got 17 quid and I left some money out there.’”#afc
— Gilles 🇳🇬🏴 (@_Grimanditweets) December 29, 2021
"I couldn't pick them all up," jokes Aaron Ramsdale
He said: "After the first (goal), there were some bottles and stuff thrown... a few lighters, and I chucked them off to the side. The next thing you know, money started coming on...
"I'm looking around and there was one £2 - well, I collect £2s, so I took that. Then there's quids and 50ps, so I'm picking them up and I put them by my towel, (then) at half time I put them in my towel, I run off and put them in the changing room.
"Second half comes, a few more come, and then an e-cig comes on just before the penalty. So I've gone back in and I'm speaking to Kalvin Phillips, going "your fans must be loaded".
"It was about £17 I pulled off the pitch, and I've missed some money! I couldn't pick them all up - it was about £17 I took back in."
The former Bournemouth man also explained how a pre-match announcement which urged Leeds fans to 'leave him alone' might have made the home fans more annoyed, later adding that the abuse he receives from Premier League fans is nothing compared to what occurs in the lower divisions.
The 23-year-old has made a strong start to the season and cemented his position as Arsenal's No 1, making 16 Premier League appearances and securing nine clean sheets.
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