Arsenal vs. Leicester City

Arsenal vs. Leicester City

2-1

Goalscorers: Vardy, Walcott (Giroud), Welbeck (Ozil)

Starting Lineups:

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy

Positions in table after match:

Leicester: 1st

Arsenal: 3rd

Arsenal showed their class to come from behind and beat the league-leaders, Leicester. But, credit to Leicester for first going up 1-0, but also conceding only 1 goal with 10 men until the late winner from Welbeck. Although some of these are skewed by Simpson’s red card 54th minute, Arsenal dominated possession, maintaining almost 3/4 throughout. They also had 7 of 21 shots on target to a mere 2 of 4 from Leicester. This could easily be the win that sparks Arsenal to a fight for the title after finally bouncing back fully from a poor run of form. This come from behind thriller could have very well shifted the Gunners into a new gear as they look to over take Tottenham in 2nd, who are only ahead in goal differential. Overall good performance from Arsenal, but can they continue this form?

Player Ratings:

Cech: 7- Couldn’t do much about the penalty, made a great save on Vardy’s header

Bellerin: 6- nice cross before equalizer, but not his best performance

Mertesacker: 5- caught out often before red card, solid after

Koscielny: 5-¬†liable for build up to Vardy’s penalty, also booked and subbed off early

Monreal: 6- partially responsible for penalty, booked, but threatening on counter

Coquelin: 6- booked, first league start since injury, not at his best

Ramsey: 5- great work rate, but shooting was a struggle

Oxade-Chamberlain: 6- not a help on the wing, but played some nice passes when he moved centrally

Ozil: 8- classy performance, picking out passes, cutting the defense wide open, assist on the final goal

Alexis: showed some flare, but not in his best form

Giroud: 6- average finishing, but beautiful layoff header to Walcott for the first

Substitutes:

Chambers: 7- filled in the center half role well for the majority of the second half

Walcott: 7- provided the splitting pace for Arsenal in addition to his goal to even the score

Welbeck: 7- played well as another big, strong, and tall forward, nodded on a beautifully clipped Ozil free kick to win the game

Welbeck gets a fleeting touch on Ozil’s free kick to win Arsenal the game vs. Leicester City

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