Brendan Rodgers fielded a strong side, but with Ricardo Pereira out you are always thinking who can really replace him. This time Timothy Castagne got the job to the right and Luke Thomas was the one getting a chance from start, suddenly in front of Ryan Bertrand, who was placed on the bench.
The rest of the line-up looked as we would have expected and at home this should have been a game with a chance to win, but as we did experience Leicester and Brendan Rodgers eleven were not switched on from start as Arsenal just rolled over Leicester, looking like men against boys.
Daniel Amartey has been like a clockwork over the past months and really shown great form. We started to trust the Ghana international as a Steady Eddie in there, but today he was not on at all. He surely struggled against an Arsenal team that looked sharp and up for every battle coming.Embed from Getty Images
Leicester were 2-0 down after 18 minutes, with the first goal from Gabriel being a bit of a lucky touch. The second goal from Smith-Rowe should not be happening as it was a lot of touches inside the penalty area before the England u.21 international shot found the goal.
After this poor start Leicester started to melt up and it was late 1st half that we really did get a hope for a possible draw. James Maddison came close to finding the net with a free-kick just before halt time. Arsenal did have their absolute best player in goal with Aaron Ramsdale showing why he is the prefered goalkeeper for Arteta at the moment and really pushing on to become England’s number one.
TCF do not use too much text on the opponent in our match reports, but this time we do really feel that Aaron Ramsdale should be talked about. His save from James Maddison’s well placed free kick was one in the region of Gordon Banks and his fantastic jump to save Pele’s header in the 1970 World Cup. This was not far from it and up there alongside the best we have seen, it was just a brilliant sav. Jonny Evans was even onto the rebound and it bounces on the line, before Partey clears. Quite amazingly, Leicester didn’t score and it remains 2-0 to Arsenal. .
Aaron Ramsdale was a surprise signing from Sheffield United in the summer. After his recent relegations with Bournemouth and Sheffield United in the last two seasons, few believed that the England u.21 international would be close to the first team with Bernd Leno still at the club. Surely Mikel Arteta must have seen something others have not, and of course also Gareth Southgate, as the two have picked Ramsdale for Arsenal and the England squad. Ramsdale’s game yesterday and if that continues will surely give him his England debut soon. The 23 year old has been playing at all levels for England upto u.21’s and to date 15 caps.Embed from Getty Images
Leicester continued to push on and tried to get the ball in the net as Aaron Ramsdale just brillantly kept his team in the game. We did see a lot of improvement for the last part of the game and with that much possession, 64%, we would have expected more.
Before 2nd half Ademola Lookman and Harvey Barnes were both put into play, replacing Kelechi Iheanacho and Daniel Amartey. Again very surprised to see those two comming on with Patson Daka still on the bench. and not give him the chance after his great games lately was another riddle, but we believe BR was just looking for a formation change as well moving to a three up front instead of playing two strikers, with both Barnes and Lookman being lively and doing a good job coming on.
There is a major problem to address with Lookman and Barnes as the two are getting close but mostly the last pass or shot are not well placed. They are a bit too eager to send a pass or shoot without really being able to hit anyone and this mostly ends up in nothing. BR must address this as the team suffers from it and spoils a lot of great opportunities.
The game 2nd half became an even affair as the first half did see a fantastic Arsenal push in the start with Leicester taking over more and more. BR decided to wait until the 70th minute before bringing on Patson Daka and strangely taking off James Maddison who would probably been a key player in the late minutes as his passes and eye would have been essential.Embed from Getty Images
Leicester, after a great run of results, failed in front of their home fans. The fact that Arsenal had their best player on the field, being their goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale, must at least be something to bring into the picture. Arsenal managed to keep a clean sheet and looks to have found the right formation and form.
Well done, Arsenal!
- Putting grand pressure on Arsenal for 70 minutes
- James Maddison again showing good form and he will get better
- Great possession, 64%, really gives a clear message that this was a game to win
- Letting in two early goals
- Brendan Rodgers not able to get his team as sharp as they should be from start
- 64% possession not used good enough, too many half chances spoiled
- Daniel Amartey, totally missing it today, sadly, after a great run lately
- Jonny Evans getting a yellow card
Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Amartey 3, Thomas 6, Evans 6, Soyuncu 5, Soumare 4, Tielemans 5, Maddison 6, Iheanacho 5, Vardy 6, Castagne 6, Subs: Barnes 6, Lookman 6, DakaEmbed from Getty Images
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Jonny Evans
Match Stats (H/A):
- Possession: 64 / 36
- Corners: 7 / 6
- Shots on target: 8 / 5
- Fouls: 8 / 11