Leicester City hosted Arsenal in the lunchtime kickoff of match day 10 in a match which would see the winner go up to 4th, at least temporarily, on the Premier League log table. Arsenal named an unchanged squad from their last Premier League outing whilst Leicester were without Ricardo Pereira who was replaced by Luke Thomas.
The Gunners came all guns blazing from the first minute and issued the foxes their first scare in the 51st second when Daniel Amartey turned the ball from Saka towards his goal. Fortunately for him, Schmeichel was there to save the goal-bound deflection and to spare Amartey’s blushes.
Arsenal broke the deadlock in the 5th minute courtesy of Gabriel’s header from a corner taken by Saka This concession is very indicative of Leicester City’s defensive frailties when during set-pieces because they have the tendency. Leicester City continued their lethargic display which was the cue for Smith Rowe to double arsenals lead in the 18th minute.
Arsenal were water-tight defensively and experienced their first scare in the 42nd minute from a spectacular set-piece by James Madison but fortunately for the Gunners , Ramsdale was equal to it and produced a double save, the first being another save of the season contender and the last one to stop Jonny Evans from capitalising from the rebound.
Brandon Rogers opted for two half-time changes which were an offensive tactical change that saw Amartey and Iheanacho get subbed off for Lookman and Barnes.
Leicester woke up from their slumber following the halftime changes and a possibly passionate halftime pep talk form Rogers. They kept on probing and came close in the 54th minute when young Luke Thomas’ attempt was whiskers away from going in. Tielemans pretty much became the puppet master because he pulled the strings in midfield gifting Vardy a lovely ball over the top which was headed just wide.
In between the many chances from The Foxes, Jonny Evans survived a scare when he stopped The Arsenal skipper, Aubameyang, from going through on goal. Both the on-field and VAR officials thought it was a yellow card challenge and not a denial of a goal scoring opportunity which would have yielded a yellow card.
Barnes’ header from a Tielemans ball went across the face of goal as one of the many chances that Leicester had. That chance was one of the last promising chances that the Foxes had and unfortunately, it was not enough. It ended as it was in the 17th minute with a 2-0 scoreline in favour of Arsenal.
The victory meant Arsenal are unbeaten in 9 games in all competitions and move to 5th place behind West Ham by goal difference.