Aaron Ramsdale and Gabriel Magalhaes both feature in the BBC’s Team of the Week for the latest round of fixtures, following the win over Leicester City.
Garth Crooks confirmed his BBC Team of the Week on Sunday night, with two Arsenal players featuring in the side.
The first is certainly no surprise, with Aaron Ramsdale earning praise from all over the place following his display against Leicester City. The save from James Maddison’s free-kick was the most talked about, but it was just one of eight saves on the day.
Crooks says he doesn’t see why Ramsdale isn’t good enough to play for England, and the article highlights that only Edouard Mendy has a better save percentage than the Arsenal goalkeeper this season (minimum three saves).
Taking that analysis one step further, the post-shot expected goals stats suggest Ramsdale is preventing more goals per 90 than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League right now (minimum two appearances).
As for the other player in Crooks’ side, goalscorer Gabriel also made an appearance. The centre-back is arguably in competition with Ramsdale for Arsenal’s Player of the Season so far, and it was another big performance from him at the weekend.
Crooks writes that Arsenal “look a different outfit when Gabriel is fit and in the team”, adding that the centre-back is Arsenal’s highest-scoring defender in the Premier League since the start of last season.
Both picks are very well deserved, though perhaps Arsenal can try and avoid needing their centre-back and goalkeeper to put in top performances to earn a win against Watford this weekend.