Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta left stunned by ‘incredible’ Aaron Ramsdale in Leicester win

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Mikel Arteta has paid tribute to Aaron Ramsdale’s heroics between the sticks for Arsenal as they recorded a statement 2-0 win on the road at Leicester. The Spaniard’s side produced another impressive performance to back up their eye-catching 3-1 win at home to Aston Villa last Friday as they cut through the Foxes twice in quick succession in the opening 20 minutes.

Goals from Gabriel Magalhaes and Emile Smith Rowe got the ball rolling before the Gunners demonstrated their ability to see out the game in comfortable fashion.

There were a few hairy moments though at Leicester piled on the pressure but Arsenal’s £24million signing Ramsdale was equal to everything that was thrown at him – making eight saves.

The best of the bunch came from James Maddison, who whipped a free-kick over the wall, only for his former England U21 team-mate to reach across and push it onto the crossbar.

Ademola Lookman and Harvey Barnes also went close in the second half but once again, Ramsdale showed his bravery to keep Leicester at bay.

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His performance caught the eye of his manager Arteta, who conceded that he thought Leicester had scored on two occasions before his goalkeeper came up with the goods.

“I’ve just seen the picture, it’s just incredible,” Arteta said when describing the save to deny Maddison.

“I said ‘goal’ once and ‘goal’ twice but he saved them both.

“Those moments, those individual actions and performances are very necessary when you want to have some momentum and consistency. We are getting a lot of them.”

Ramsdale received huge praise from Peter Schmeichel on Twitter, who labelled the stop from Maddison as one of the best saves he’s since in years.

“Coming from someone like him, he should take it as a big compliment,” Arteta added.

The Arsenal boss was generally delighted with his side’s performance and resilience as Leicester threw the kitchen sink at them but he would like Arsenal to cut out the chances that fell the Foxes’ way.

“I’m really happy, against a top team it’s really hard to come here and play the way we played the first half, you have to suffer but we controlled the last 20 minutes as well. So overall, I am very happy,” he added.

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“We need to carry on, we’ve won a couple of matches and haven’t done anything yet.

“We are not where we want to be still and we have a lot of things to improve.

“Let’s keep humble, there are a lot of positives but we also have things to improve.”

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