AARON Ramsdale played brilliantly as he helped Arsenal silence Leicester City 2-0 in the Premier League’s tenth game at King Power Stadium on Saturday (10/30). The 23-year-old goalkeeper made no less than eight great saves to keep Arsenal’s lead, which was achieved thanks to goals from Gabriel Magalhaes and Emile Smith-Rowe until the end of the game.
The result was Arsenal’s fifth victory in their last seven games without a single loss. Arsenal meanwhile rose to fifth place in the standings with 17 points, notably overtaking Leicester (14) who fell to 10th place.
Arsenal took the initiative to attack early on and took the lead in the fifth minute when Gabriel headed into the corner of Bukayo Saka to find the net. Mikel Arteta’s men continued their aggressive form but the chances of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey always went straight into the arms of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
In the 18th minute, Arsenal doubled their lead when Smith-Rowe cleverly grabbed a loose ball from Saka and Alexandre Lacazette, something Leicester’s defense did not anticipate. Two less goals, Leicester hit back and nearly scored in the 28th minute using a small blunder from Ramsdale whose clearance instead went to Caglar Soyuncu. Fortunately, the Sheffield United academy goalkeeper immediately paid for his mistake by denying Kelechi Iheanacho’s precise shot.
Two minutes before the break, Ramsdale pulled off a brilliant action that could be the best save of the season as he parried James Maddison’s free kick before clearing Jonny Evans’ strike on the ball with his feet. Leicester kept the ball and created a threat in the second half of the game, but their efforts always ended up being belied by Ramsdale’s brilliant actions,
In the 58th minute, Ramsdale parried Ademola Lookman’s powerful shot at the near post which was followed by a Harvey Barnes shot four minutes later.
Moreover, Arsenal were disciplined enough to mobilize their defense to quell Leicester’s attacks so that Ramsdale didn’t have much work left to do and the 2-0 scoreline lasted until the final whistle. The two teams will play their respective games on Sunday (7/11) next week, when Arsenal host Watford at the Emirates and Leicester travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United. However, three days earlier, Leicester appeared for the first time in the Europa League group stage to host Russian side Spartak Moscow at the King Power Stadium. (OL-8)