Arsenal had to fight for their three points but Leicester never seemed to get the most from the King Power Stadium on Saturday as the Gunners extended their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win in England’s East Midlands leading edge in .
Leandro Trossard prepared a cool Gabriel Martinelli shot after scoring a goal from VAR in Arsenal’s 10-1 win over Leicester, leaving the Foxes The team scored only 0.02 expected goals in 90 minutes.
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Arsenal have now won back-to-back Premier League wins since their disappointing loss to Manchester City and showed a firm resolve to extend their lead to five points before City take to the stage at Bournemouth at 12.30pm ET determination.
After a stellar run, the Foxes have lost two games in a row and Leicester will be sad to see them just three points clear of the bottom three.
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Arsenal close shop, outlive lagging Leicester
The Gunners took just 10 shots but didn’t get a full xG on the day and it was really hard to get an answer from anyone other than Leandro Trossard as even the mighty Martin Odegaard had a day off.
Trossard scored a fine goal but was pulled back as Ben White was deftly saved by Danny Ward from the previous corner, but he, like Martinelli, was a big draw for the Gunners The goal brought absolute benefits.
Martinelli was very strong that day, overcoming a serious injury scare after Wilfried Ndidi accidentally stepped on the scorer’s knee to score, and he had already sprinted into space to allow Trossard’s scythe pass into the box.
Another thing Gooners should know is how handsome Jorginho looks, perfect for Mikel Arteta’s game, a game where the boss knows his men will have a lot of possession. Granit Xhaka will look back – he may have received Arteta’s lavish praise for Fabio Vieira – as Thomas Partey fights for the start again, Partey-Joe Ginho’s partnership could give the Gunners permission to concede, allowing the duo to replay along with two centre-forwards, a goalkeeper and six strikers against some teams. We almost never joke around.
Meanwhile, Leicester City will abstain as long as James Maddison is out. And Uri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy, coming off the bench with less than half an hour to go, had little impact.
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Leandro Trossard: Playing a false nine, he scored a firecracker, but Ben White’s nonsense was brought down by VAR before a brazen pass to Martinelli’s goal.
Gabriel Martinelli: What a great conclusion. And he probably should at least have braces. Lively show.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall: Fighting to the end as the left side of the pitch looked to be Leicester’s best chance (none).
Jorginho: 16 passes in the final third, 10 restarts… what an inspiring little signing.
Arsenal host Everton on Wednesday and Bournemouth travel to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday 4 March.
Leicester host Blackburn in their beloved FA Cup on Tuesday before traveling to Southampton on Saturday 4 March.
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Leicester look so much better in attack and even though they are just four points above the relegation zone, the focus is on finishing in the top 10. They are perfectly capable of doing that and Harry Souttar seems to be a perfect addition in central defense as his arrival has calmed everyone down. In attack Maddison and Harvey Barnes are the keys and they will cause Arsenal plenty of problems.
As for the Gunners, Arteta saw Jorginho pop up with a wonderful late strike which helped them win at Villa last time out and the Italian midfielder has added extra experience and nous just when they needed it as Thomas Partey remains out injured. Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard continue to dominate games and there is a wonderful resilience about this young Arsenal side. The fact they are still in this title race with 15 games to go is a great achievement and if they can cut out silly defensive errors, they could just win this thing.
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Arsenal works its way past wayward Leicester City
Arsenal had to work hard for its three points but Leicester City never looked like taking more than one, at most, from the King Power Stadium on Saturday as the Gunners increased their Premier League table lead with a 1-0 win in the East Midlands of England.
Leandro Trossard set up a clinical Gabriel Martinelli finish after having a goal chalked off by VAR as Arsenal out-attempted Leicester 10-1 and only allowed the Foxes 0.02 expected goals over 90 minutes.
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Arsenal’s now won consecutive Premier League matches since a dispiriting loss to Man City, showing solid resolve in boosting their table lead to five points before City takes the stage at 12:30pm ET at Bournemouth.
It’s two-straight losses for the Foxes after a bright period, and Leicester will be aggrieved to see it remains just three points clear of the bottom three.
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The Gunners only took 10 shots but did not register a full xG on the day and really struggled to find answers through anyone but Leandro Trossard, as even the mighty Martin Odegaard had an off day.
Trossard scored a beautiful goal that was pulled back for Ben White’s clever almost-uncaught hold of Danny Ward during the preceding corner kick, but he delivered the absolute goods, as did Martinelli, on the Gunners’ goal.
Martinelli, who was very good on the day and overcame what was a nasty injury scare after his goal when Wilfried Ndidi accidentally stepped on the scorer’s knee, had burst into space for Trossard’s scything nutmeg pass into the box.
Another note that should resonate with Gooners is just how good Jorginho looked again, the right fit for a Mikel Arteta game in which the gaffer knew his men would have a lot of the ball. Granit Xhaka will be looking over his shoulder — he may already be given Arteta’s glowing praise of Fabio Vieira — as Thomas Partey is back in contention to start and a Partey-Jorginho pairing might just give the Gunners license to play the duo along with two center backs, a keeper, and six forwards against some sides. We’re barely kidding.
Leicester City, meanwhile, looks off whenever it doesn’t have James Maddison in the fold. And Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy came off the bench with just under a half-hour to play and did not affect much of anything.