8 great stats from Aaron Ramsdale’s stunning MOTM display v Leicester

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Aaron Ramsdale claps Arsenal fans in October 2021.

Arsenal ‘keeper Aaron Ramsdale put in another monumental performance as his side won 2-0 against Leicester on Saturday.

Ramsdale’s brilliance is becoming a recurring theme this term and the £30million that the north London club paid for his services in the summer is looking like the bargain of the season.

The former Sheffield United stopper earned plaudits from the great and the good of the game after his display at the King Power stadium, from which his save from James Maddison’s first-half free-kick was a particular standout moment.

Legendary Manchester United ‘keeper Peter Schmeichel, father of Leicester No.1 Kasper Schmeichel, was watching on and tweeted: “Best save I’ve seen for years from Ramsdale.”

BT Sports co-commentator Lucy Ward, who awarded Ramsdale the man-of-the-match gong, was equally impressed, stating: “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.”

Here are some great stats from Ramsdale’s performance against Leicester to back up those strong words, via Squawka, Opta and Sofascore:

– Ramsdale made eight saves during the ninety minutes, more than he has ever made in a Premier League game before Saturday and more than any other ‘keeper has made in an away game in the Premier League this season.

– Six different Leicester players had a shot on target during the game. Ramsdale made stops from them all.

– Including the game against Leicester, Ramsdale has saved 85.7% of the shots on target he has faced this season – 24 of 28 in total. Of goalkeepers who have faced more than two shots on target in the Premier League this season, only Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy has a better save percentage (89.7%).

– The Arsenal goalie had 59 touches during the game, more than any of his team-mates.

– Thirty of Ramsdale’s 41 passes went long across the 90 minutes. Though he only completed five of those long passes, the overall number shows how Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta trusted him to be the man to beat Leicester’s press.

– Ramsdale made two high claims, snuffing out any aerial threat that Leicester might have hoped to pose.

– Leicester failed to score despite having an xG of 1.89, almost exclusively thanks to Ramsdale’s stops.

– Ramsdale also completed one run out during the game at Leicester, which is just taking the piss really, isn’t it?


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