Aaron Ramsdale embodies Mikel Arteta’s bold, flamboyant new direction. This was one of those afternoons when Arsenal’s goalie couldn’t be beat.
Late in the first half, the £24m signing made one of the most incredible stops in recent times, floating away to deflect James Maddison’s free kick into the crossbar. Ramsdale performance boosted the revival of a team that is definitely improving under their new boss.
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Arsenal has now gone nine games without losing, winning seven of them, and this looks to be more than just one of those times where they thrive before reverting to their previous faults.
Aaron Ramsdale stock is rising with each passing week, and the 23-year-old was superb in this game, from his saves to his pinpoint delivery. In the second half, he practically single-handedly resisted Leicester.
Arsenal Unbeaten Form Countinues
Arsenal has now gone nine games without losing. Winning seven of them, and this looks like it may be more than just one of those times where they perform well before reverting to their normal faults.
Aaron Ramsdale star is rising with each passing week, and the 23-year-old was superb in this game, from his saves to his pinpoint delivery. In the second half, he nearly single-handedly beat Leicester.
Ultimately, two goals in 13 minutes proved the difference, but Arteta will be entirely justified in his choice to purchase a goalie with two consecutive relegations on his record. If this trend continues, Jordan Pickford, the Everton goalkeeper, may have a serious England opponent.
Arsenal were also sturdy at the back and exciting up front, with Leicester’s defense looking shaky early on. Leicester had already appeared nervous prior to the game’s inevitability-inducing fifth-minute opener.
Gabriel rose above Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans to tap Bukayo Saka’s corner beyond Kasper Schmeichel with a brutally straightforward goal. Arsenal had scored from a set piece for the fourth game in a row.
In the 18th minute, Arsenal took advantage of more Leicester defensive lapses to expand their lead. Luke Thomas’ effort to clear the ball after Alexandre Lacazette was brought down in the penalty area was weak, and the ball swerved enticingly into the feet of Emile Smith Rowe, who finished clinically.
Lackluster Leicester City Lacking
Brendan Rodgers, the manager of Leicester City, was having trouble watching. It wasn’t only because of the harsh light, which forced him to stand with one hand holding his head.
The home team eventually replied as Arsenal pulled the handbrake. But they were unable to get past Ramsdale, who had already hinted at what was to come with a great save from Kelechi Iheanacho when he was first called into action.
The incredible moment happened two minutes before halftime, when he clawed Maddison’s free kick into the crossbar, only for Evans’ attempt from the rebound to be saved and cleared off the line by Thomas Partey.
Best save I’ve seen for years by Ramsdale👏👏👏
— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) October 30, 2021
“Best save I’ve seen for years by Ramsdale,” tweeted Peter Schmeichel.
For the second half, Rodgers had to make adjustments. Bringing in Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman and moving to a back four. Leicester were the more threatening team, generating opportunities and giving the Arsenal defense some nervous moments.
Ramsdale saved his team once again by stopping Lookman’s near-post attempt and sprinting off his line to save from Barnes.
Evans, too, managed to get away after hauling Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to the ground and receiving only a warning despite being the last man.
As the game progressed, Leicester’s five-match undefeated streak came to an end following the Ramsdale spectacular.