With most of us being out and about over the weekend we didn’t publish our normal post-match summary of the game. But it was such a fine and exciting match it would be a great shame for it not to be recorded on Untold. So here it is… just to remind you how breathless it all was. And if I had thought of it, I would have made a sound recording from the away support end, just to add to the feeling of it all. – Tony
By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal with the first big chance as Santi has a shot at goal but a Leicester defender can clear on the line. Arsenal with most of the ball in the opening minutes but Leicester tries to attack when they can. A shot from the left hand side is saved by Cech and seconds later as Leicester regain the ball Vardy has a shot that touches the leg of Mertesacker and hobbles on against the post.
When Ramsey was denied in the Leicester penalty area Leicester start a counter attack and Vardy cuts in from the left hand side and finishes in the far corner. 1-0 to Leicester after 11 minutes.
Alexis plays in Walcott but Schmeichel can smother the shot and clear for a corner. Not a minute later Santi with a shot but again Schmeichel with a stop. During the replay Cech has to be quick out of his goal area to stop a Leicester corner and a bit later Vardy has a header and hits the crossbar. Arsenal start an attack and Alexis with a perfect pass to Walcott who makes no mistake and finishes it in the far corner with his left foot. GOAL!!!!! for The Arsenal 1-1 after 18 minutes. What a breathtaking first 18 minutes so far.
Too breathtaking for Flamini who comes off with a hamstring injury and Arteta takes his place after 20 minutes. The match then goes to a bit of a more slower rhythm for a while. Just before the half hour Theo escapes but Ramsey’s shot is blocked. Arsenal slowly having the match firm in their hands again. Leicester claim a foul from Koscielny on Vardy but Koscielny cleanly plays the ball to Cech with a sliding and then Vardy who was running in the back of Koscielny just runs in to the back of Koscielny who was on the floor. How on earth can that be a foul from Koscielny.
Arsenal start an attack and Bellerin runs with the ball and puts in a low cross, Theo cannot reach the ball but it goes further to the second post where Alexis just has to put his foot behind the ball to score. GOAL!!!! for The Arsenal and 1-2 after 33 minutes for The Arsenal. Alexis scores his first goal of the season! And Özil with a great pre-assist.
Some Leicester players eager to win fouls (which the ref gave for clear dives) and claiming a penalty when Okazaki ran in to Mertesacker. He couldn’t really disappear in thin air our big friendly German.(In case of children reading) De Laet with a vital blok on Walcott when he almost was away on the left flank to cut out the shot from Theo. Leicester trying to play in some crosses but Per and Kos and Monreal cut out any possible danger coming from it. Ref calls a handball from Alexis when Hutt seems to have tripped him and the ball ended up against his chest in fact. At half time Arsenal lead 1-2.
No changes for Arsenal at the start of the second half. And Arsenal tries to take the game in hand from the whistle. Theo at the start of an attack, ball goes to Özil on the left who cuts back to Alexis but a defender with a good blocking tackle who can take the sting out of the attempt of Alexis and Leicester can clear. A bit later Theo to Alexis who after some dribbling sees his shot being touched and it ends up just over the crossbar. Leicester also trying their best to attack when they can so at times a really open match. Theo with some great runs and linking with his teammates, a header from Alexis hits De Laet and goes out to a corner.
After another nice attack from Arsenal the ball ends up in the feet of Özil just outside the Leicester penalty area, one look, one touch, one cross and Alexis beats Schmeichel to the ball GOAL!!!!! 1-3 to the Arsenal after 57 minutes. A second goal for Alexis this season and in this match.
Lovely play from Özil, Santi and Theo but the latter his shot went wide. Amazing one touch football. Vardy with a needless push on Koscielny almost injures the Frenchman as he almost collided with Cech. Özil with a shot after Ramsey plays him in but De Laet with a last second block on the shot. Walcott with a run from the left but Schmeichel with a save on the low shot. Arteta gets a yellow card for a deliberate handball on the halfway line.
The game again very lively with both teams trying to add to the score. Arsenal getting in some more shots than Leicester. Ramsey twice with a shot and the second is taken away from goal by Theo by accident. And a bit later a shot from Özil is stopped by a defender this time. After 76 minutes Ramsey is taken off and Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on. Bellerin showing his pace against Vardy to stop the latter from getting dangerous. Just as Monreal, Bellerin has a great match so far. Giroud then comes on after 79 minutes and Walcott who had a great and lively match and scored the first goal, goes off.
And just after that Alexis in some space after a throw in from Monreal, rounds his man and has a great shot from outside the penalty area .. GOAL!!!!! 1-4 to the Arsenal! A cracking shot from Alexis who not only started scoring in this match but decided to celebrate it with a hattrick. His first for Arsenal and he now is the first player to have scored a hattrick in Italian, Spanish and English football.
Cech then with a save against Vardy when most Arsenal players were looking in the direction of Alexis who seemed to have twisted his ankle. Cech then again with a fine save as Arsenal seemed to switch off completely (and some players did actually) but luckily Cech not one of them with a good fist to clear a dangerous situation. Leicester trying to score a second goal but Cech and a bad placed header prevent them getting one for the moment. Arsenal not really bothered at scoring another at the moment. But with two minutes from the end Cech first can make a great save, the ball ends up in front of the feet of Vardy who finds the far corner and score his and Leicester’s second goal. 2-4 after 89 minutes.
Arsenal woken up by that goal and Özil has a shot but Schmeichel saves. Cazorla with a low cross to Giroud but the Frenchman cannot make contact with the ball. Schmeichel just quick enough out of his goal to stop Alexis but in the third minute of extra time Giroud does what he was brought on for. Monreal with a low cross to the middle and Giroud with a good low finish as well. GOAL!!!! 2-5 to The Arsenal in extra time.
A good win for Arsenal against a team that was unbeaten for 17 matches up to this moment and thus unbeaten in the league so far. Alexis back to scoring ways and even with a hattrick. The other two strikers (Walcott and Giroud) also on the score sheet.
Great result, great win and a great match of football between two teams willing to play football as it should be played!
Anniversaries from games gone by
- 28 September 1985: David Rocastle debut in 0-0 draw with Newcastle. He went on to make 13 starts in his first season. Also here
- 28 September 1991. Southampton 0 Arsenal 4. Ian Wright scored both his first league goal and his first hat trick for Arsenal and went on to score 24 goals in 30 games in his first Arsenal season.