PLAYER RATINGS: Arsenal Debutants Impress As Gunners Clinch Thrilling Win Over Leicester

PLAYER RATINGS: Arsenal Debutants Impress As Gunners Clinch Thrilling Win Over Leicester
Aug 12, 2017

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THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS WELL AND TRULY BACK! Fans across the globe waited roughly for 2 months and it’s safe to say the Premier League didn’t disappoint. 7 goals in the first league game of the 2017/18 season has set the tone for another astonishing season. Arsenal faced Leicester in the first league game and won 4-3 in a thrilling contest that went to the wire.

The Gunners came from behind twice to win it late, all thanks to Olivier Giroud whose thumping header was too much for Kasper Schmeichel. The goal came quickly after Aaron Ramsey’s stunning equaliser following his introduction from the bench.

Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolašinac were both making their Arsenal debuts and both of them impressed with Lacazette scoring within 2 minutes of the first half. Arsenal went 2-1 behind with Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy both scoring in the first half. Arsenal equalised late in the first half through Danny Welbeck. But, how did the players have?

ARSENAL:

Petr Čech: 5

Made an error in judging the cross for the first goal but also made a vital interception without which Vardy would’ve outpaced Monreal and Holding for a one-on-one. Also, made a decent save from Mahrez. All in all had a quiet game given Leicester’s lack of attack.

Rob Holding: 4

Was extremely poor. Misplaced passes in his own half and didn’t look his last season self probably owing to a short pre-season. Vardy targeted and outpaced him with ease almost the entire game.

Nacho Monreal: 5

Another poor performer from the day which could be attributed to him playing out of position. Poor at marking Vardy for the second goal. Looked out of sorts throughout the game.

Sead Kolašinac: 8

Looked really really solid in somewhat an unnatural position for him. Tackled with purpose, was strong and also started attacks in the later parts of the game. Assisted Welbeck for the 2nd goal. Capped it off with a brilliant skill at the end.

Héctor Bellerín: 5

Any Arsenal fan watching the game would have totally been devastated over how poor Bellerín has been in the past few months. Wasn’t tracking back and looked really unsettled. Eventually moved to left-Back after a tactical change.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain: 7

Extremely powerful running and good with dribbles. Lacked the end product today but certainly seems to be enjoying the wing-back role. Has to work on his crossing though and reduce wild shots from outside of the box.

Mohammed Elneny: 6

Looked okay. Was efficient in his passing and tackling. Provided Lacazette with the assist for the 1st goal. Eventually subbed off in the second half for Ramsey.

Granit Xhaka: 7

A mixed game for Xhaka who absolutely bossed the midfield against Chelsea on Sunday. Defensively, was poor. Though he provided assists for Ramsey and Giroud and played a major role in Arsenal turning the game around.

Danny Welbeck: 7

A typical Danny Welbeck performance. Was Industrious throughout the whole game. Made a beautiful move for Héctor Bellerín only for his shot to be saved. Chipped in with the second goal for Arsenal.

Mesut Özil: 3

Was more or less a pedestrian and didn’t weave his magic today.

Alexandre Lacazette: 9

Arsenal Fans went into a state of euphoria when he scored in the 2nd minute of the game. Made the move for the 2nd goal and looked really comfortable at the Emirates. Tracked back when required.

Substitutes:

Aaron Ramsey: 8

Provided that bit of spark with his attacking instincts and revived the Arsenal midfield. Scored the important third goal with a beautiful first touch and a powerful finish.

Olivier Giroud: 8

Giroud is like that one stubborn kid in class that refuses to give up. Made a beautiful move for Lacazette after coming on with a run in behind only for Lacazette’s shot to be palmed over by Schmeichel. Scored the winner and undoubtedly gives Arsenal a different dimension.

Theo Walcott: 5

Didn’t do much that deserved attention.

LEICESTER CITY:

Kasper Schmeichel: 7

Made a really crucial save from Lacazette and another from Bellerín. Had a good game all round even after conceding 4 none of which he could have done anything about.

Danny Simpson: 5

Was constantly kept on his heels by Chamberlain and Welbeck. Had a decent game not much to talk about.

Wes Morgan: 5

Let Kolašinac run behind him for the 2nd goal. Looked solid at times but overall an average performance.

Harry Maguire: 8

Performed the best in the back 4. Assisted Okazaki’s goal with a well-directed header and looked solid at the back too. Looks a good acquisition.

Christian Fuchs: 6

His long throws are a great weapon for  Leicester often causing problems. Wasn’t seen much otherwise.

Riyad Mahrez: 7

Showed some glimpses of quality dribbling. Wasn’t at his brilliant best but forced a good save from Petr. Assisted Vardy’s second goal with a delicious corner.

Wilfred Ndidi: 7

The young Nigerian looked physical and wasn’t wasteful. Kept Mesut Özil under Check.

Matty James: 6

Didn’t see much of the ball because of the lack of possession play from Leicester.

Marc Albrighton: 7

Got one chance to cross and he took full advantage of it, assisting Vardy’s first. Wasn’t seen much for the rest of the game.

Shinji Okazaki: 7

Just like Welbeck for Arsenal, Okazaki was industrious. Was perfectly placed to meet Harry Maguire’s header across the box to equalise for the foxes.

Jamie Vardy: 9

Scored 2 goals. Looked a danger every time Leicester tried to hit on the counter and looked like the Vardy of 15/16 season.

Substitutes:

Daniel Amartey: 5

Was brought on to see the game out. Won a couple of headers. Apart from that, he failed to impact the game at all.

Kelechi Iheanacho: NA

Was brought in to make his debut while Leicester were still leading.

Demarai Gray: NA

Just had the one touch.

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