Arsenal have extended their winning run after an excellent 2-0 victory over Leicester City at the King Power this afternoon.
Gabriel Magalhaes scored a brilliant header in the fifth minute before Emile Smith Rowe doubled our lead with a fantastic finish. Arsenal went into the break two goals up and that was enough to win us the game.
Here are five things we learned…
Five things we learned as Arsenal beat Leicester City 2-0
Gabriel is outstanding
The Brazilian has been our best defender since the start of last season. Arsenal missed him a lot in our first three games, but since he’s back, our defence has been as solid as ever.
To make things even better, Gabriel is doing the job at the other end too. His header to give us the lead was absolutely phenomenal and he had a really solid game overall.
Save of the season
We’ve all been raving about Aaron Ramsdale’s skills with the ball at his feet, but his shot-stopping deserves a ton of credit as well.
His save to deny James Maddison’s freekick just before half-time is undoubtedly the save of the season so far. It might even be the best save by an Arsenal goalkeeper over the last few years. Absolutely incredible!
Smith Rowe’s end product
One thing Mikel Arteta demanded from Smith Rowe last season was more goals and assists. The Englishman has responded in some style.
The 21-year-old has scored four goals and has provided two assists in his last seven appearances in all competitions. That is a phenomenal record, but there’s a lot more to come from him, and we’re sure he’ll hit double figures by the end of the campaign.
Ben White’s a leader
Gabriel and Ramsdale will take all the plaudits for tonight’s performance and they deserve every bit of praise they get. However, White was very good too, not just with his football.
The former Brighton man was constantly shouting at his teammates, telling them to get their positions right. That is the sort of leadership we’ve lacked over the last few years, and it’s great that we finally have it now.
What next for Bernd Leno?
Leno is an outstanding goalkeeper, nobody can deny that. He has saved us on numerous occasions in the past, but with Ramsdale playing as well as he is, there’s no way back for the German anytime soon.
The January transfer window will be an interesting one. If Leno doesn’t get back in the team by then, he will most likely want to leave, which means that Arsenal will have to dive into the market again for another keeper.