PREMIER LEAGUE

Arsenal player ratings vs Leicester City

A controversy-filled game at the Emirate Stadium saw Leicester fight back from an early goal as the league’s two sharpest marksmen kept up their hunt for the Golden Boot.

Arsenal player ratings vs Leicester City
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The visitors started well but it was Arsenal who opened the scoring on the half hour mark when Dani Ceballos threaded a brilliant pass through to Bukayo Saka in the inside-right channel. The youngster sold Jonny Evans a dummy and laid the ball across to Aubameyang for his 20th goal of the season.

Leicester had began both halves promisingly but failed to make that early possession count with both Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho squandering good opportunities in the second half. Arsenal appeared to be regaining control of the game when substitute Eddie Nketiah was sent off for a challenge on James Justin. Chris Kavanagh initially gave the youngster a yellow card but upgraded it to a red after consulting VAR.

With an extra man Leicester pushed forward and got the equaliser when Demarai Gray found Vardy in the area for the Premier League’s leading scorer’s twenty second of the campaign. The home side appeared to settle for the point and sat back in the final stages as Leicester looked for a winner. But the Gunners did enough to hold on and both sides will leave fairly happy with a point.

Arsenal player ratings:

Emiliano Martinez – Arsenal’s perennial back-up has looked solid in Leno’s absence and continued that form tonight, claiming crosses confidently and marshalling his defence. 7/10

Shkodran Mustafi – Was outdone by Vardy’s pace in the wide channel a couple of times but did enough to justify his place in the team, winning some important headers when his side were under the cosh. 6/10

David Luiz – Looks much more comfortable in a back three and showed tonight why Arteta fought to keep him at the club. Long passing was not as accurate as usual but dealt with his defensive duties well. 7/10

Sead Kolasinac – The Bosnian has slotted into central defence incredibly well in recent games and did so again, bringing his physicality and aerial ability to the Gunners’ backline. 7/10

Hector Bellerin – Arteta’s use of wing-backs suits Bellerin’s attacking talents nicely and the former Barcelona academy winger looked a threat on the right. Became more reserved towards the end but deserves to keep his place on this showing. 7/10

Dani Ceballos – The Spaniard has grown in stature under Arteta and looked like a class act against Leicester, releasing the pacey forwards with some incisive passing. Fitness remains the only issue and had to be substituted with 20 minutes remaining. 8/10

Granit Xhaka – A calm and understated performance from the midfielder, sitting alongside Ceballos and shielding his defence well, particularly when his side were down to ten men. 6/10

Kieran Tierney – Another to have benefitted from the change of formation, steaming down the left flank with well-timed runs. Looked solid in defence throughout and could easily have created a goal with his dangerous deliveries into the box. 7/10

Bukayo Saka – The youngster continues to impress from the right and showed proficiency with his weaker foot when he slid a great ball through to Aubameyang for the opener. Looks to grow in importance to Arteta’s side with each game. 7/10

Alexandre Lacazette – Could not take advantage of a brilliant lofted through ball from Bellerin in the first half but linked the attack well for Arsenal. Had a goal narrowly ruled offside before being substituted, a strong performance from the Frenchman. 7/10

Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang – Arsenal’s main man reached 20 league goals for the fifth consecutive season and combined well with Lacazette from the left, before moving to the middle after Nketiah’s dismissal. 7/10

Substitutes

Eddie Nketiah – The young forward was on the pitch for less than five minutes before being harshly dismissed for a mistimed challenge. N/A

Joe Willock – Introduced in place of Ceballos and brought a bit more industry to the Arsenal midfield, covering ground well with his team a man down. 6/10

Lucas Torreira – Brought on to help stem the tide after the red card and did enough to protect the draw. 6/10

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Brought on as a late substitute with Arsenal hanging on. N/A