Saturday 25 February 2023

Leicester 0-1 Arsenal

It takes incredible character to go away from home and more or less silence the locals, as well as coping with poor officiating.

Martinelli's strike early in the second half came too quickly for the officials to find some way to disallow it, so it stood. However, the goalscorer was lucky he could stand and play on after an x-rated challenge, but Arsenal don't get protection from referees.

Of course, VAR managed to disallow a second-half goal from Saka to maintain their record of super-bodging decision-making.

Arteta deserves some credit too for some well-timed substitutions to end any chance of a Foxes revival, which seemed possible when the officials inexplicably added 5 minutes of injury time.

Everton are next up, and Arsenal need to inflict revenge on the only team to beat them in the league in this calendar year.

Ramsdale 8 - clean sheet
White 7 - stood up to the challenge
Saliba 8 - classy
Gabriel 9 - impeccable
Zinchenko 8 (subbed)
Saka 8 - a goal ruled out
Odegaard 8 (subbed)
Jorginho 8 - used his experience to get Arsenal over the line
Xhaka 8 - his experience was vital too
Martinelli 9 - went through the pain barrier to score the winner and stay on, after being clattered
Trossard 8 (subbed)

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