PREMIER LEAGUE

Leicester City player ratings vs Arsenal

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.

Leicester City player ratings vs Arsenal
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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 20 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 22ndof 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.

Leicester player ratings: (check out the Arsenal player ratings)

Kasper Schmiechel – Made a brilliant low save from Lacazette’s powerful strike in the first half and made a string of solid stops in the second. Was as important to Leicester’s fightback as anyone in a blue shirt. 7/10

Ryan Bennett – Probably the most comfortable of Leicester’s starting back three and marshalled Aubameyang well on the left wing. Was uncompromising in the tackle throughout. 7/10

Jonny Evans – The 32-year-old’s lack of pace was badly exposed by Saka for Arsenal’s opener but he made a number of vital clearance from Arsenal crosses as the game wore on. 6/10

Caglar Soyuncu – Was not helped by the greasy Emirates surface but looked all at sea against Saka and Bellerin down Leicester’s left side in the first half, getting caught badly out of position for the Arsenal goal. 5/10

James Justin – Was one of Leicester’s most impressive performers, covering plenty of ground as wing-back and getting forward well when given more license to attack in the final stages. 7/10

Wilfred Ndidi – Was sloppy in possession at times in the first half but grew into the game in the second half, supplying the energy in midfield as Leicester regained control. Withdrawn shortly before the equaliser. 6/10

Youri Tielemans – Had struggled to recapture his early season form since the restart but he looked more assured in possession at the Emirates, winning the ball back well from deep. 7/10

Marc Albrighton – The versatile midfielder was deployed as a wing-back at the Emirates but struggled to make an impression at either end. Removed on the hour mark for Fuchs who looked more comfortable in the role. 5/10

Ayoze Perez – Drifted in and out of the game throughout, looking useful in possession for spells but then going missing. Did not make the most of his more central role and may well be replaced when Maddison is fit again. 6/10

Jamie Vardy – Saw little of the ball in the first hour but ran the channels well, nearly providing brilliant assists for Iheanacho and Justin from out wide. Got his moment with less than ten remaining and gleefully converted for his 22nd of the season. 7/10

Kelechi Iheanacho – The striker was enjoying a sustained spell in the starting XI after the switch to two up front but added little against Arsenal. Did get the ball in the net but it was quickly ruled out for a blatant foul for Mustafi from the Nigerian. 5/10

Substitutes

Harvey Barnes – Showed willing down the left after coming on but never really created anything of substance for the Foxes. 6/10

Christian Fuchs – Looked a more natural fit in the left wing-back role than Albrighton and defended the counter-attack well. 6/10

Demarai Gray – The Englishman’s introduction sparked the Leicester resurgence with his quick feet exploiting the tired legs, putting Vardy’s equaliser on a plate. 7/10

Dennis Praet – Made little impact after coming on as a substitute. N/A