Leicester 1-3 Arsenal: Player Ratings from a big win

Written by Edward Pitt

February 28, 2021

Leicester 1-3 Arsenal: Player Ratings from a big win

Arsenal have just won 3-1 away to Leicester. When the lineups came out I think a lot of fans were a bit apprehensive with a lot of our best players rested on the bench. Those fears were compounded after a really sloppy goal was conceded in the first 6 minutes which I think Xhaka, Elneny and Mari will share the blame for. But the reaction was impeccable from Arsenal. We controlled the rest of the game and deservedly went into half time ahead thanks to goals from David Luiz and Lacazette. The start to the second half was equally impressive with Pepe finishing off a fine move to give us a two goal cushion. After that point, the game really slowed down and Leicester did not have the legs to get themselves back into it. Here is how the players got on…

Leno – 7/10: Can’t really say he did anything wrong, though in truth he had very little to do. His distribution was decent and made a couple of simple saves

Cedric – 7/10: He was linking up well with Pepe down the right and dealt with the threat of Barnes quite well throughout. Nothing too exceptional but a solid and decent showing from him at right back

Luiz – 8/10: A solid shout for MOTM. He wasn’t really at fault for the first goal and generally speaking defended exceptionally throughout. He made Jamie Vardy seem very quiet and he of course came up with a crucial goal to get us back in the game. Tidy performance

Mari – 6/10: In the first 15 minutes or so I thought he looked very shaky. I think he perhaps could have done better on the goal but I think Xhaka and Elneny were more to blame. After that period, he seemed to settle down a bit better

Tierney – 7/10: Not his best game but still defended very well and looked dangerous at times in attack. It’s so nice to have him back

Elneny – 5/10: He had a hand in the goal and generally speaking didn’t contribute much to the victory. A fair few loose passes whenever he did try to play forward, but generally it was backwards and sideways from him. I don’t really like seeing us play with him AND Xhaka

Xhaka – 6/10: Probably a bit more to blame for their opener than anyone, but he probably reacted better than the others too. He settled down and began to control the tempo. His gamesmanship towards the end helped us run the clock down too. If he was a bit quicker and a bit quicker on the ball, he would be a nearly complete midfielder

Pepe – 9/10: My personal MOTM. I thought he looked a threat every time he got the ball. Won two penalties (though one got overruled) and the free kick from which we equalised. He topped his performance by finishing off a move that he was heavily involved in. And he made Rodgers pull the young left back Thomas after giving him the run around in the first half

Smith Rowe – 6/10: Harsh to really judge his performance. Ndidi stuck quite tight to him for the first 40 minutes and then he was forced off through injury. Hopefully that injury isn’t serious

Willian – 8/10: On the whole he has been disappointing in an Arsenal shirt. But credit where it’s due, today was a good day. He was heavily involved. Looked very creative and set up our 1st and 3rd goals 

Lacazette – 8/10: Back to his best. He held up the ball so well today. He just brings everything together in the final third and he was rewarded with another goal from the penalty spot

SUBS

Odegaard – 7/10: Played some tidy passes and had a crucial role in our third goal with a very clever pass

Auba – 7/10: Was only on for about 10 minutes but was impressive. Came very close to scoring and making it 4

Partey – 7/10: So direct at driving us forward and breaking up play. It’s clear that if we keep him fit we will be a much better team

ARTETA – 9/10: Everyone was asking questions at his lineup. But his high risks brought high rewards. My one complaint is again we didn’t seem switched on from minute one. That’s the players’ fault as well, but it is an issue that Arteta needs address promptly. On another day our early mistake would have cost us (as it has done recently against City and Villa)

 

 

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