Aaron Ramsdale’s incredible heroics for Arsenal on Saturday had a plethora of pundits hailing the England keeper – with one legendary stopper labelling his save from James Maddison as ‘the best he had seen in years’.
Eyebrows were raised when the Gunners brought in Ramsdale for an initial £24m over the summer. The England keeper – twice relegated from the Premier League – was one of their more significant summer signings. However, replacing the more-than-competent Bernd Leno saw some question Mikel Arteta’s wisdom.
However, since making his debut for the Gunners, Ramsdale has not looked back and been a solid presence for Arsenal.
He has played a big part in their recent revival and put in an eye-catching display as Leicester were beaten 2-0. You can see our Player Ratings from the King Power Stadium here.
Ramsdale had already made a wonderful save to deny Kelechi Iheanacho, flying high to his right to push away.
But the best was yet to come when he sprang across his goal to palm a Maddison free-kick on to the crossbar. The ball was then fired goalwards by Jonny Evans, but hacked off the goalline much to Leicester’s chagrin.
Reflecting on the save, legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was quick to issue his response.
“Best save I’ve seen for years from Ramsdale,” the Champions League winner tweeted.
You won’t see a better save this season.
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His heroics also drew praise from Lucy Ward, who was excellent in her role as co-commentator on BT Sport.
“After being relegated twice, you might have think his confidence had been knocked,” she said. “But his stats always showed he was a top-performing goalkeeper. It’s why getting that goalkeeper and the back four right. Brendan Rodgers can’t believe that save, nobody can believe it.”
Reflecting on that stop, and another in the second half to deny Ademola Lookman, Ward continued her praise.
“You will go a long way to find a better save anywhere this season. He’s made three unbelievable saves today. Incredible. He’s having the game of his life,” she added.
Martin Keown, sat in the BT Sport studio, also had warm words of praise.
“We have a proper goalkeeper now and he is going from strength to strength. He’s really reliable now. ”
Smith Rowe also comes in for praise
Arsenal also had some other big performers on the pitch, with Emile Smith Rowe also catching the eye.
He scored their second of the afternoon and he also came in for warm words of praise from Ward.
“I love Smith Rowe. His attitude is ‘can I play it forward, can I get it forward’. He really sums up what this Arsenal side is all about under Mikel Arteta,” she said.”
Speaking about Arsenal’s improvement in recent weeks, she continued: “It’s structured, it’s organised. They all know their jobs and look a very well drilled outfit these days. They hold a really good shape.
“I think Arteta has found his first XI. He knows his back four and goalkeeper and that confidence breeds through the side.
“Some Arsenal fans might still be a little divided on him, but results and performances like today will help convince them.”