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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s reaction to Aaron Ramsdale’s ‘incredible’ save


Mikel Arteta had Aaron Ramsdale to thank after their latest win (Picture: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left in disbelief at Aaron Ramsdale’s ridiculous save in the their 2-0 win over Leicester.

The Gunners recorded a fifth win in seven league matches as goals from Gabriel Magalhaes and Emile Smith Rowe downed the Foxes.

But Arsenal had goalkeeper Ramsdale to thank for the three points with his man-of-the-match display keeping Leicester at bay with several fine saves.

However, his one handed acrobatic save from James Maddison’s free kick before getting across quickly to keep out Jonny Evans’ follow-up effort was on another level – even Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel described it as the best he’s seen in years.

And Arteta was equally impressed, believing the 23-year-old had no chance in saving it from the moment the ball left Maddison’s foot.

‘My reaction when I saw the ball leaving Maddison’s foot was ‘goal,’ he said.

‘I don’t know how it happened, it was incredible, and the timing of it was crucial.

Aaron Ramsdale produced a stunning save to deny James Maddison (Picture: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

‘We invest money in talent and people we believe can be great for the future of the club. We make that decision based on that.

‘Aaron has had some encouraging performances, today he made some incredible saves.

‘He needs to continue to do that. In football you need to play 50 games for 20 years, and this is only the start.’

When asked about his save from Maddison after the game, Ramsdale replied: ‘Maddison is a top free-kick taker and I’ve come up against him a couple of times.

‘It was just one of those days that I was saving everything that was thrown at me and the lads were blocking [the rest of] them.’

Ramsdale joined Arsenal from Sheffield United in the summer for a fee of around £30m.

Having impressed Arteta, he’s now cemented himself as the club’s No.1 ahead of Bernd Leno, who could look to leave the club later in the season amid a lack of game time.


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