Saturday 13 August 2022

Arsenal 4-2 Leicester (full-time)

Who would guess it would be four more goals in the second half with three of them scored by Arsenal players.

Saliba was really unfortunate with his headed own goal, as perhaps Ramsdale's positioning was suspect. Then again, Saliba should have tried to get more of angle on his header, but he was under severe pressure from Vardy. Leicester brought on Daka, but he didn't get a look in, so accomplished was the youngster; nothing fazes Saliba.

Arsenal hit straight back, within seconds. Ward dropped the ball and Jesus squared to Xhaka, who tapped in.

Another Ramsdale mistake reduced the deficit, as the England keeper was beaten by a Maddison near post shot.

Once again, Arsenal bounced back, as Martinelli struck home a beauty.

Partey hit the post, in what was another impressive Arsenal performance.

Ratings - second half
Ramsdale 5 - disappointing, especially when letting in the second
White 7 (Tomiyasu 6) - came off injured, which is a concern
Saliba 7 - assured, despite the own goal. You could see the anguish etched on the Frenchman's face, but he continued to show character
Gabriel 7 - strong in the tackle
Zinchenko 9 (Tierney)- almost faultless  
Saka 6 (Smith-Rowe) worked hard
Odegaard 7 - measured his passing more precisely
Partey 7 - broke up attacks, but gave the ball away at times
Xhaka 7 - a goal, a smile and a heart shape. He's 'luvved up' with Arsenal right now
Martinelli 9 - capped a magnificent performance with a goal
Jesus 9 (Nketiah) - deserved a hat trick, but it wasn't to be.

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