Three key takeaways from Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
Arsenal’s recent improvement in set pieces has been extensively discussed, with Nicolas Jover’s move from Manchester City paying off.
Jover came from Premier League champions Manchester City in the summer after stints at Montpellier and Brentford.
He stands next to Arteta at every set piece, giving assistance to the players and ensuring the pre-match training drills run as planned, which is an unusual aspect of Arsenal’s coaching set-up.
Arsenal has now scored more goals from corners in the Premier League this season (4) than they did in the entire 2020-21 season (3), and they have now scored from corners in four straight games.
Calum Chambers credited Jover with anticipating his goal after coming on as a substitute in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Leeds, but it has been Jover’s analytical thinking and direct planning that has benefitted Arsenal thus far on the pitch
“Nico, the set-piece coach, informed me you’re going to score on your first touch, so I dashed up to him. It was a pleasant experience “Chambers elaborated.
“I was pretty confident it went over, I saw the ball over the line so I was just waiting for him to give it. Luckily he did.”
Ramsdale’s fan interaction
Aaron Ramsdale was unquestionably Arsenal’s Man of the Match against Leicester, producing a number of great stops that prompted Manchester United icon Peter Schmeichel to call the save from James Maddison’s free-kick “one of the best saves for recent years.”
Only Chelsea (2) and Manchester City (3) have conceded less goals than Arsenal (4) since Ramsdale joined the team, and his impact on the team is evident to all.
On 63 minutes, the England international took a goal kick and began to maraud towards the center circle as Arsenal went on the offensive, joining in with the Leicester fans’ chants.
Mikel Arteta then told Ramsdale to return to his spot, despite his best efforts to get his attention by waving at him.
Despite that little gap in concentration, Ramsdale’s brilliant display will live long in the memory, and there can be no doubt who Arsenal’s number one will be for many years to come.