Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale stunned Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers for the second time this season after denying Harvey Barnes in the first half of the clubs’ Premier League clash. Barnes’ header was goal-bound but Ramsdale reached across to tip the ball wide.
The Gunners shot-stopper has been excellent since completing a summer move from Sheffield United.
He has silenced critics who scoffed at the £30million fee Arsenal paid for a goalkeeper who had been relegated twice in two years.
Former No. 1 Bernd Leno has already been displaced by Ramsdale. The 23-year-old seems set to keep the shirt for the foreseeable future.
And Ramsdale was in fine form again as Arsenal met Leicester at the Emirates Stadium.
The North Londoners had gone ahead thanks to Thomas Partey’s header.
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However, the visitors threatened an equaliser and won a couple of set pieces late in the first half.
From one of those, Marc Albrighton crossed for Barnes, whose powerful header was on target.
But Ramsdale sprawled across his line to keep the ball away from goal.
It prompted a telling reaction from Leicester head coach Rodgers.
Rodgers was again prematurely celebrating and then looked on in anguish as Ramsdale prevented Maddison.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was so certain the attacking midfielder had scored that he revealed he muttered ‘goal’ before seeing his goalkeeper keep out the effort.
“I have just seen a picture,” the Spaniard said after that game in October. I haven’t seen the video footage but my reaction there when I saw the ball leaving Maddison’s foot, I said, ‘Goal’.
“So I don’t know how it happened, it was incredible – and the moment and the timing of it as well was crucial.”