Arsenal 1, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Brendan Rodgers again decided to change both team and system from the clash v. Crystal Palace and against Arsenal it would be a gamble anyway. Ryan Bennett was given the chance to start in a three men defense, which would not be the ideal setting against Arsenal.

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First half was a disaster and just a well prepared goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel kept Leicester City in the game. Marc Albrighton and James Justin both struggled to get a grip of this wide midfield roles and Arsenal had such domination that you wondered what had happened.

When Arsenal scored from a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shot in the 21st minute, cleverly played through by the boy wonder Saka, you would just think about more goals coming, but as said earlier Kasper Schmeichel made vital saves to just keep Leicester City in.

Leicester had a number of clear opportunities, first a Wilfred Ndidi shot from close distance and then Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal, fantasticilly played through, but in some way it was said to be a faul in an earlier incident, which it was not, as the Arsenal defender slided on a wet surface and again ref decissions went against Leicester.

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Leicester were the better team in the 2nd half and Kelechi again came close from a great Jamie Vardy pass, but his shot was stopped by the Arsenal goalkeeper Martinez. Then when Nketiah came into tackle against James Justin the way he did, it was not possible for the referee to ignore it a clear red card was given.

Leicester City pushed for that equalizer and got rewarded when Demarai Gray curled in a great cross which found Jamie Vardy at the end and he scored controlled and suddenly a game that looked lost was know a draw.

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Leicester City pushed on to the end, but all attempts were stopped by Arsenal who themselves might have been more dissapointed than Leicester City spoiling probably their chance of Champions League football next season, but still can reach Europe either among the teams in the league or if they win the FA Cup

  • Positives
    • Jamie Vardy again scoring
    • Hard battling players, despite difficult situation
    • Keeping momentum, even without Maddison, Chilwell and Pereira
    • Fighting back from 1-0 down
    • Fantastic possession stats after 90 minutes, 62 % at The Emirates
    • Getting something out of an away game against Arsenal
  • Negatives:
    • Struggling in the first half
    • Too many strange changes by Brendan Rodgers, systems and players
    • Not playing with a solid back four away, looks terribly difficult not to
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Justin 7, Bennett 6, Evans 6, Soyuncu 6, Tielemans 6, Perez 6, Ndidi 6, Iheanacho 6, Vardy 7, Albrighton 5 Subs: Praet, Fuchs, Gray, Barnes

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Jamie Vardy

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 38 / 62
  • Corners: 10 / 1
  • Shots on target: 7 / 5
  • Fouls: 10 / 14

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