Aaron Ramsdale making ‘big difference’ at Arsenal, says Bukayo Saka: ‘He just keeps surprising everyone’

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Bukayo Saka has hailed Aaron Ramsdale for his fine start to life at Arsenal and believes the goalkeeper has made “a big difference”.

Eyebrows were raised in the summer when Arsenal agreed a deal, which could eventually be worth £30million, with Sheffield United for Ramsdale, but the goalkeeper has shone thus far.

He was the man of the match during Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Leicester on Saturday, making a number of fine saves to stretch the Gunners’ unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games.

The pick of the bunch came just before half-time, when Ramsdale somehow kept out a James Maddison free-kick that look destined for the top corner, before quickly getting up to stop Jonny Evans scoring the rebound.

“From my angle, it was 100 per cent a goal and then he saved it,” said Saka. “The second action, I thought it was going to be a goal again and he saved us again.

“I don’t know how he saved it, then he saved it again. So hats off to him from me. He was our best player today and he deserved a clean sheet.

“He just keeps surprising everyone and he is in great form. I just hope he can continue like that because he is making a big difference.”

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Arsenal started brilliantly against Leicester and raced into a two-goal lead within the first 20 minutes.

Gabriel opened the scoring from a corner before Emile Smith Rowe capitalised on some poor defending to make it 2-0.

Leicester fought back after that, with Ramsdale being forced into a number of good saves during the second half, and Saka praised the way Arsenal dug in.

“We are really happy. We have really shown, in the recent weeks, that we can fight to hold onto a scoreline,” said Saka.

“And also, we can defend well. Last season we would maybe concede in this game, but today we really dug deep.

“Of course, Aaron Ramsdale did amazing for us and saved us a few times, but credit to the defence as well because they are doing wonders for us.

“I think that is something we can be proud of. Obviously in the second half they (Leicester) changed the way they set up, so it made it difficult for us. 

“Rammers did help us a lot in goal, but the back-four and everyone else in front did really well to help get the clean sheet.”

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