Arsenal verdict: England boss Gareth Southgate could have tricky decision to make on No1 spot after Ramsdale masterclass

ARSENAL are fast restoring the status quo – as well as providing a contender for save of the season.

As their fans sang: ‘I like it, I like it, Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe’ to the run of Quo’s Rocking All Over The World, keeper Aaron Ramsdale was proving a hit far and wide for his display.

Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale could be pushing for an England spotCredit: Reuters

And Gareth Southgate will surely have noted this performance with England preparing for the World Cup in 12 months time.

While goals from Gabriel – his first of the season – and Smith-Rowe sealed the points inside 18 minutes, there is no doubt that Ramdale’s saves were just as important.

None more so than his wonder stop just before half-time, from a James Maddison free-kick, when he somehow managed to tip the ball on to the crossbar.

Even goalkeeping royalty Peter Schmeichel tweeted: “Best save I’ve seen for years by Ramsdale’.

Ramsdale, 23, carried his form into the second half, with Leicester creating enough chances to wipe out the Gunners’ early lead.

Arsenal showed they meant business from the start, Kasper Schmeichel was busier in the opening stages than he has been in entire games previously.

But Mikel Arteta’s side had to show the other side of their game after the break with Leicester pushing for the goals to get back into it.

However, a run of seven games uneaten gives the Gunners boss plenty to build on for the rest of the season.

The Gunners’ attacking prowess was plain to see in the opening stages as their smooth passing game had Leicester on the back foot with Bukayo Saka a tormentor.

While the visiting fans were in jubilant mood at their side’s quickfire start, the home supporters chanted ‘Get into them’ – a sure sign that Arsenal’s dominance was a worrying sign for a team Brendan Rodgers wants to be challenging for European football.

There was little sign of that as Arsenal continued to rebuild their reputation after an infamously shaky start to the season.

For those who saw this as a match to test their revival, the answer came soon enough.

But Leicester were always going to carry some threat. And when they did, Ramsdale was there.

The horror shows of Brentford and Manchester City are now fading fast as Arsenal are beginning to show they can see out a game and hold on to a lead, even if it was their goalkeeper who kept them in command.

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