Arsenal continued their impressive run to defeat Leicester City 2-0 and move to fifth position in the table. Early goals from Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe helped Arsenal dictate the play, while Ramsdale denied Leicester on multiple occasions to preserve the clean sheet.
Arsenal made a quick start by opening the scoring as early in the 5th minute through Gabriel, who glanced his header past Schmeichel into the top-left corner off Bukayo Saka’s corner. Smith Rowe doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 18th minute by placing his effort into the bottom-right corner after Leicester failed to clear the ball in the box.
Ramsdale made a world class save in the final minutes of first half to tip James Maddison’s free kick onto the crossbar. Although Evans reacted first to the rebound, his scooped effort was denied by a combination of post and goalkeeper’s leg.
Speaking to reporters after the win Mikel Arteta expressed his happiness and praised his team for their performance. The Arsenal manager added “I was really happy against a top team. The way we played the first half, the way we had to suffer, and how we managed the game in the last 20 minutes.”
“I am really happy. We started the game really well. We knew they would get at us in the second half, they created issues. But we modified a few things and got control back in the game. We need to carry on. We are still not where we want to be. There are a lot of positives, but there are things to improve.”
Brendan Rodgers lamented his side’s start to the game and admitted they could have defended better. He added “It was an awful start to the game. We were so passive and lacked energy in our pressing. We made it far too easy. We can defend both goals better. The first one, we were disappointed with a referee. It was a foul. But we should do better. The second we gave away possession and we can do better.”
“Two really soft goals. The keeper has made a great save. We changed the system, and in the second half we were much the better team. The keeper makes some great saves, and then you rue the start. Apart from that, Kasper didn’t have too much to do.”