Arsenal v Leicester City Player Ratings

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WHAT.A.GAME ! Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 after an epic encounter at the Emirates tonight, in the first Premier League game of the season. Lets hope for plenty more of that in the rest of the weekends games …

 

 

Arsenal

 

Cech 7

Could do little with three goals, rushed from goal to deny Vardy brilliantly with the score at 3-2 to Leicester.

 

Holding 5

Like Bambi on Ice in the first-half, recovered slightly in second-period but confidence will have taken a battering.

 

Monreal 5

Struggled all night against Vardy’s pace. Not entirely his fault, should never be playing as the central man in a back three.

 

Kolasinac 7

Vacated back post area for Okazaki goal, but was solid as a rock for the rest of the game. Could be signing of the season as we said here.

 

Bellerín 7

Covered a huge amount of ground on right flank. Decent shift.

 

Elneny 7

Good ball for Lacazette opener, another encouraging display.

 

Xhaka 6

Sloppy pass for Leicester’s second, no-where near the level of his Community Shield performance.

 

Oxlade-Chamberlain 7

Powerful running down the left, looks good at wing-back.

 

Özil 6

So frustarting, oozes class at times, but then disappears when his team needs him too often.

 

Welbeck 7

Tireless work rewarded with goal. Great team player.

 

Lacazette 7

Got the game off to a flying start with a top class headed finish from a standing start in second minute.

 

Subs

Ramsey 8

Lethal finish to make it 3-3, should walk back into starting XI when fully fit.

 

Giroud 8

Brilliant headed winner for his 50th goal at the the Emirates. Not the first time he’s pulled Arsenal out of a hole.

 

Walcott 5

Hide on shoulder of last defender for a few minutes then got caught offside when all he had to do was hold his run for a one-on-one, typical Theo basically.

 

 

Leicester

 

Schmeichel 7

Couple of good saves, couldn’t be blamed for any of the homes sides four strikes.

 

Simpson 7

Had his hands full with Wellbeck and The Ox but stuck to his task well.

 

Morgan 6

Full of heart as always, but lost Giroud for winner.

 

Maguire 8

Brilliant performance both defensively and going forward. Didn’t deserve to be on losing side.

 

Fuchs 7

Combined well with Albrighton down the left, looks back to solid form of title-winning season.

 

Mahrez 5

One beautiful through ball to Vardy. Generally, really not his night though.

 

James 6

Worked hard, but looked like it was his first game at this level for a while.

 

Ndidi 7

Did well as defensive screen for the most part, restricting the home sides ability to play through the centre.

 

Albrighton 7

Workhorse down the left, and two brilliant crosses for the first two goals.

 

Okazaki 7

Covers so much ground, basically plays as a number 10 and a fifth midfielder. Took goal well and huge shift as always.

 

Vardy 9 ( MOTM )

Looked razor sharp from the first whistle. Caused Arsenal defence all sorts of problems and bagged a brace. Like Maguire, didn’t deserve to be on losing side.

Subs

 

Iheanacho 5

Barey touched ball, and whilst not his fault his substitution seemed to cost Leicester the game. Not the ideal debut for the youngster.

 

Amartey 5

Came on for a tiring Okazaki but made no impact.

 

Gray N/A

Not on long enough to rate.

 


 

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