Leicester City fell to Arsenal by a score of 2-0 in a Saturday matinee at the King Power. First-half goals by Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe with brilliant saves from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale doomed the Foxes to their first defeat of the month.
The Foxes could have had four or more in the second half, but great goalkeeping and poor finishing ensured that wasn’t the case. Iheanacho Arsenal moved up to fifth in the Premier League table with their best away performance of the season and first half goals from Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe.
But for all the plaudits gained by Mikel Arteta’s outfield players, it was goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale who won the match of the match award.
Ramsdale made a series of stunning saves including one world-class effort from a James Maddison free-kick shortly before half-time.
That could have brought Leicester back into the match, but his full stretch acrobatic leap was Manchester United and Denmark legend Peter Schmeichel described it as “the best save I have seen for years’.
“It is within his potential. When Maddison struck I said ‘goal’ so I don’t know how he saved it – and it came at a crucial time for us.
“We played well, but we also had to suffer and we can still improve a lot in many areas.”
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers was not so impressed with his own side, accusing them of lacking concentration from the start of the match.
But he also credited Ramsdale for seeing Arsenal over the line.
Rodgers commented: “Big applause for Ramsdale ad he made some outstanding saves. I thought we were excellent in the second half and a draw would have been a fair result, but the keeper made some outstanding blocks.”