It was another intense, high energy game at the king power stadium as Leicester city held Arsenal to a goalless draw.
Arsenal started the match the better side in terms of possession but didn’t really create too much clear cut chances to trouble Leicester’s goal keeper. Cazorla, Xhaka and Chamberlain were given their first league start.
Much has been said about Arsenal’s defence and how they will deal with the pace of Vardy and Mahrez’s trickery knowing that Koscienly isn’t 100% fit and Rob Holding would be making his 2nd senior appearance after being purchased from a championship club. But surprisingly, they looked solid which was evident in Leicester inability to create any decent chance especially in the first half.
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Holding looked more comfortable being partnered with Koscienly while Monreal dealt fairly well in keeping Mahrez quiet. Arsenal dealt well with Leicester’s counter though there were still some silly mistakes from the defence but when you consider last week’s performance to this, this is definitely an upgrade.
Arsenal looked too flat and predictable in the final third as Chamberlain seems to be the only real threat and would have scored or at least created a decent chance if he had been smarter with the ball. His decision making and concentration is still questionable and he needs to sort that part of his game to be a regular at Arsenal
while Granit Xhaka looked ok. He wasn’t spectacular but he did what was needed to be done. He was good both defensively and helped in recycling possession. Although we didn’t see much of his long ball passes.
Sanchez, was clearly not 100% fit and if there’s anything we learnt from this game,is the fact that he is not a striker. In the same fixture last season, Wenger used Walcott as the striker and it worked perfectly well. One would have hoped he replicated that.
Much was expected from Cazorla but he didn’t get himself into the game. He was sloppy with the ball and didn’t look 100% fit either.
The game seemed to open up more when Wenger brought in both Mezut Ozil and Jack Wilshere in the 73rd minute. Arsenal began to make better use of the ball and actually looked like a team that will score and not just dominate possession. Arsenal got lucky towards the end of the match as it appeared that Bellerin might have fouled Amed Musa who got ahead of him before Bellerin made the tackle.
There were both positives and negatives for Arsenal to take out of this game. Hopefully, Wenger concludes the deals that will make the gunners genuine title contenders.
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