Aaron Ramsdale, the Arsenal goalkeeper, has shared a deeply personal and emotional experience in his life. In an article for The Players’ Tribune, Ramsdale opened up about his wife’s miscarriage, which occurred during their flight home from a post-World Cup holiday.
Ramsdale, who was part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the tournament, revealed that after being knocked out in the quarter-finals, he and his wife discovered they were expecting their first child. They enjoyed a brief holiday together, which Ramsdale described as the happiest time of their lives. However, tragedy struck on the flight back to London, as his wife suffered a miscarriage.
The pain Ramsdale felt during the six-hour flight was indescribable. He wants people to know that they are not alone if they are going through a similar experience. Ramsdale commended his manager, Mikel Arteta, for his support during this difficult time. Despite the pressure of the title race, Arteta offered Ramsdale time off to deal with the situation, showing his care and compassion as a manager.
Returning to the football pitch, Ramsdale found solace in the game. He played in a fierce north London derby against Spurs just three days after the incident, using football as an escape. The victory brought him joy, but it was short-lived when a Tottenham fan kicked him in the back while he was retrieving his water bottle. Ramsdale was visibly furious and had to give a police statement after the match.
The fan was later charged with assault and pleaded guilty in court, resulting in a four-year ban from football, a community order, and a £100 compensation payment to Ramsdale. Despite the incident, Ramsdale doesn’t hold anger towards the fan. He believes that if the fan knew him personally and understood what he was going through, they could have been friends.
Despite the challenges faced earlier in the year, Ramsdale and his wife received the news they had been hoping for – they are expecting another child. They are overjoyed and excited to welcome their little Gooner into the world.
In sharing his story, Ramsdale reminds us that there is more to a person’s life than what we see on the football pitch. He expresses gratitude for the support he received from his manager and emphasizes the importance of compassion and understanding in difficult times.
On Thursday evening, goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale opened up about the most difficult thing he’s ever had to experience – his wife’s miscarriage. In a heartfelt post on social media, the 24-year-old described his “grief and confusion”, and revealed that tragedy happened days before he was targeted in a north London derby win over Tottenham.
He wrote: “On January 1st 2021 we were excited to find out we were expecting our first child, but after a few weeks of happiness and anticipation, we found out on Monday that we had sadly lost our baby due to a miscarriage.”
Ramsdale detailed how his wife, Hannah, was the “strongest” throughout the incident, he said, “She gave me the opportunity to let my emotions out and be as vulnerable as I needed to be and be supported.”
The goalkeeper and his wife had also revealed their pregnancy news to the world just days ago, on January 6th, where he posted a photo to social media along with the caption “The most special gift in the world.”
Three days later, Ramsdale was subjected to an appalling incident while playing during the north London derby, where a Tottenham fan ran onto the pitch and attacked him from behind.
The goalkeeper showed tremendous courage and strength throughout the whole ordeal, and has since been praised for his composure. He has since gone on to thank his well-wishers for all of their support in what has been a tremendously difficult time for him and his wife.
Ramsdale has been an inspirational role model for many, showing how it is possible to come out of even the darkest of experiences. There are sure to be millions of people who have been deeply touched and inspired by the couple’s story.