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Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been on the end of more than his fair share of big losses, but he delivered an individual masterclass including the ‘save of the season’ as the Gunners beat Leicester 2-0.

In 2019-20, he featured 37 times in the division for Bournemouth as the Cherries were relegated by just one point. He rejoined boyhood club Sheffield United and was again relegated from the Premier League the following season.

Then he was signed by Arsenal early this season for a club-record deal for a gloveman worth up to £30m. The move was heavily derided at the time: Ramsdale is just 23, and Arsenal already had an established No. 1 in Bernd Leno.

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But Ramsdale has repaid the big-money move in spades, starting the last seven Premier League games and keeping four clean sheets – including a stunning solo performance against Leicester as he made a personal-best record in the Premier League of eight saves.

He tipped away a long-range drive from Kelechi Iheanacho’s in the first half before a sublime save on the brink of halftime, diverting James Maddison’s free-kick onto the post before staying big as Jonny Evans hit the woodwork on the follow-up.

In the second half as he denied Leicester substitutes Ademola Lookman and Harvey Barnes to cap off a remarkable performance.

Manager Mikel Arteta was in awe of his ‘incredible’ free-kick save.

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He said: “My reaction when I saw the ball leaving Maddison’s foot was ‘goal’. I don’t know how it happened, it was incredible, and the timing of it was crucial.

“We invest money in talent and people we believe can be great for the future of the club. We make that decision based on that. Aaron has had some encouraging performances, today he made some incredible saves.

Arteta added: “He needs to continue to do that. In football you need to play 50 games for 20 years, and this is only the start.”

Ramsdale has saved 24 of the 28 shots on target he has faced in the league this season, an 85.7 per cent save ratio. That’s second only to Chelsea’s Édouard Mendy (89.7 per cent) among keepers to have faced more than two shots on target this campaign.

Arteta also told BT Sport: “It’s incredible [the save]. When I was watching it I said goal once, goal twice, and he saved them both, those actions are very necessary if you want to have momentum and consistency in results, and we are getting a lot of them.”

Ramsdale declared it was ‘just one of those days’ when everything went right.

He told BT Sport: “Super result away from home – they’re a top team, Leicester. We played really well, got two good goals and thankfully, it was one of those afternoons where I contributed.

“Madders is a top free-kick-taker; I was more worried he was going to reverse it. It didn’t have too much pace on it, which allowed me to get there but it just seemed like one of those days when I was saving everything that was thrown at me and the lads were blocking everything.”

Commentators immediately declared it the save of the season. Meanwhile, legendary former Premier League keepers were singing his praises on social media – including Peter Schmeichel, whose son was in goals down the other end of the pitch.

While Leicester fans gave him stick all game, he couldn’t help but respond at one point in the match by thumping his chest in response to their jeering: “You’re s**t, ahhhh” chant, smiling and laughing all the way.

His performance also had plenty of his doubters eating their words – or deleting their tweets from the time of his signing.

Such was his influence, on ‘expected goals’ – a statistical metric measuring the likelihood of a team scoring during the game – Leicester should have scored twice in the clash.

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