Early pressure from Arsenal led to goals from Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe which fired Arsenal to victory over Leicester City, while Aaron Ramsdale produced produced some of the saves of the season to lift the Gunners to fifth
Arsenal have extended their unbeaten run to nine games, and 17 points form 21, as two early goals and a Seaman-esque Aaron Ramsdale display made sure of victory at Leicester City today.
Gabriel glanced in Bukayo Saka’s corner after 4 minutes before Emile Smith Rowe timed his run into the box to finish , with Schmeichel leaning the wrong way, and double the Gunners’ lead.
Leicester were completely outplayed whilst Arsenal pressed but improved later in the first half as Arsenal went into lower gear, with Aaron Ramsdale spectacular to deny James Maddison’s free kick and Jonny Evans on the follow-up.
Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers shuffled with two substitutions and a change of formation after the break introducing forwards Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman in an effort to claw the two goals back.
Leicester chose formation to a four-man defence and nearly pulled one back with left-back Luke Thomas launching a driven effort which flew just wide of the far post.
Barnes also threatened the Arsenal goal, but Ramsdale proved the difference, making a series of fantastic saves throughout came, in a man of the match performance.
The result temporarily lifted Arsenal to fifth in the table while Leicester fell to 10th ahead of the 3pm games.
Arsenal Still Heading North
Arsenal have made a complete turn around in defending and attacking set pieces compared to their start to the season, so it was no unsurprising to see the Gunners open the scoring from a corner.
Gabriel, with 3 goals last season, made a decisive run to the near post and directed a glancing header into the far corner, demonstrating impressive timing considering that he saw the ball late with Jamie Vardy rising just ahead of him.
The Brazilian was a close contender for man of the match, and it was another great performance alongside Benjamin White – who played despite recovering from a bug in time for the match – in central defence.