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Arsenal 3-1 Leicester: The Gunners overcome adversity

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 22 Oct 2018

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Arsenal fans came into this game wondering whether or not they’d be able to carry their momentum forward from their nine straight league wins – and, in the end, they passed the test with flying colours by coming from behind to defeat Leicester City on Monday Night Football.

Good but not good enough

The Foxes did well to frustrate the home side in the opening half hour of the game, and they deservedly took the lead in the 31st minute when Ben Chilwell turned the ball in off of Hector Bellerin. They also had a legitimate claim for a penalty turned down, too, when Rob Holding seemed to intentionally handle the ball inside the box. From that point on it became evident that the tides were turning, and on the stroke of half time, it was Mesut Ozil who was the hero for Arsenal as he managed to level things up.

Unai Emery’s Arsenal then began to shine through in the second half in a big way, with the introduction of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being a huge game changer. The forward was able to stretch the game in a way that few are capable of doing, and he was able to put Arsenal into the lead for the first time – before playing a small role in a magnificent third goal.

The rise continues

A delightful move, courtesy of the aforementioned Ozil who had a phenomenal game, was finished off by Auba who ensured that he finished the game with a brace. The fans showcased their emotions from the first minute until the very last in this one, too, as they continue to revamp their image as a club in a big way.

Arsenal’s 10-game winning run is something that few could’ve predicted at the start of the campaign, and it’s the first time they’ve managed it since 2007. Leicester, on the other hand, continue to suffer from inconsistency and have some work to do ahead of their next encounter.

Match Report

Arsenal: Leno (6.5), Bellerin (6.5), Mustafi (7), Holding (6), Lichtsteiner (6), Aubameyang (8.5), Torreira (7), Xhaka (6), Mkhitaryan (6.5), Guendouzi (7), Ozil (9), Ramsey (N/A), Iwobi (7.5), Lacazette (6.5)

Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Amartey (6), Maguire (6), Evans (6), Ricardo Pereira (5.5), Ghezzal (N/A), Mendy (6.5), Ndidi (6.5), Chilwell (6.5), Maddison (6.5), Okazaki (N/A), Iheanacho (6), Albrighton (6), Vardy (6)

Goals: Ozil, Aubameyang x2 :: Bellerin OG

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Yellow Cards: Holding, Xhaka, Ricardo Pereira, Albrightoh

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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