PL Matchday Review: Leicester City V/S Arsenal

Arsenal continues their red hot form in the Premier League. Today they defeat Leicester City away from home to extend their unbeaten streak to 7 in the league games and 9 in all competitions. The North London side has now won 5 out of the last 7 league fixtures. Mikel Arteta is now turning things around with a bunch of youngsters at Gunners. With this win, Arsenal now moved on to 5th place in the table with 17 points. Despite finishing at the bottom after Game week 3. Leicester on the other side has now lost a game after 4 consecutive victories in all competitions. This is Foxes’ third straight loss against Arsenal at The King Power Stadium. Brendon Roger’s side is now 10th on the table after starting the season in a great fashion by lifting the Community Shield.

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Lineups

Leicester City

Formation : 3-4-1-2

Goalkeeper : Schmeichel

Defence : Amartey (Barnes – 46′), Evans, Soyuncu

Midfield: Castagne, Tielemans, Soumare, Thomas, Maddison (Daka – 71′)

Attack : Iheanacho (Lookman – 46′), Vardy

Arsenal

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Goalkeeper: Ramsdale

Defence : Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares

Midfield: Saka (Pepe – 85′), Partey, Lokonga, Smith-Rowe (Kolasinac – 90′)

Attack: Lacazette (Odegaard – 58′), Aubameyang

First Half

Arsenal started the game in a high as Saka created some threat on the Leicester box in the very first minute itself. It was not too late for the team in red as Centre Back Gabriel heads them in front just in the 5th minute of the game. Saka whipped a corner in towards the near post from the right flank, Gabriel attacked the delivery in the crowded penalty area and glanced his effort away from Schmeichel into the top left corner. Arsenal kept pressing hard and forced Schmeichel to make a couple of saves in the first 15 minutes itself. Schmeichel did a great job but his efforts were not enough for denying Arsenal a second. Emile Smith-Rowe struck on the 18th minute placing a loose ball past Schmeichel, thanks to Saka and Lacazette for the buildup that eventually ended up in the goal.

Arsenal goal scorers
Goal scorers for Arsenal – Gabriel and Smith Rowe

But after conceding the second, Leicester slowly gained some momentum and started creating danger in the Arsenal box. The best opportunity for Leicester came in the 43 rd minute in the form of a Free Kick on the edge of the box. However, Ramsdale denied Maddison with a save of the season contender to keep the scoreboard 2-0 at halftime.

Second Half

Leicester made a couple of attacking changes right after halftime replacing Iheanacho with Lookman and Amartey with Barnes. It was Leicester who held the ball for a majority of the second half. They were able to test Ramsdale consistently throughout the half but failed to find the much important breakthrough as Ramsdale stood strong in front of the Arsenal goal. The foxes struck 11 times in the second half but nothing came on their way. Arsenal rarely made counterattacks in the second half as they were focusing on keeping the clean sheet rather than scoring more. Arsenal’s defense was pretty well organized in the last half and they played extremely well not to concede. The match ended in a 2-0 Arsenal win.

Leicester
Leicester: Disappointed defenders Soyuncu and Evans and even Vardy failed for them

Conclusion

Arsenal produces an impressive performance to defeat the in-form Leicester side away from home to keep their unbeaten momentum ticking. Aaron Ramsdale was undoubtedly the best player on the pitch today turning himself as a wall that Leicester couldn’t break. Goals for Gabriel and Smith-Rowe assured Arsenal the whole 3 points and that will take them to the Top Quarter of the table for the first time this season.

Leicester City is next in action against Spartak Moscow in the Europa League and Arsenal will face Watford in the League next Sunday.

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