By Walter Broeckx
Monreal out with a tight hamstring so we have Lichtsteiner who will play left back. Aubameyang is on the beach for the start of this match.
Arsenal starting with : Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Lichtsteiner, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Lacazette.
On the beach : Martinez, Medley, Guendouzi, Smith Rowe, Ramsey, Welbeck, Aubameyang.
Leicester with the first break but the shot is diverted over by Holding for a corner. Leno a bit later again with a good stop on a shot from distance. When Arsenal have the ball Leicester drop deep with all 11 players and then speculates on a quick counter. Bellerin with a first attempted shot for Arsenal but it hits Lacazette. Both Arsenal and Leicester walk a thin line when blocking a forward run without the ball but the ref gives nothing in both cases. Xhaka commits a foul just outside the Arsenal penalty area but the ball goes well over. 0-0 after 15 minutes. A typical slow start from Arsenal one could say.
Holding gets a yellow card for holding a player who tried to get away. Holding then gets away with a handball when he was challenged in the air. Arsenal escape. Leno then with a great save on a header from an unmarked McGuire after another free kick. Arsenal need to get their game together and up their tempo. Finally a bit of real pressure from Arsenal resulting in a few corners but no real danger as a result. Lacazette with a fierce shot but it went over the bar. Arsenal having trouble on the left wing with no real natural left foot on that wing. Leicester counter but lucky the cross is too high for Vardy. Leno showing he is a good footballing goalkeeper when he comes far out of his penalty area and produces a fine pass in stead of kicking the ball in the stands. Leicester attack on our right flank and the cross hits Bellerin his foot and wrongfoots Leno and the ball hobbles over the line. 0-1 for Leicester after 30 minutes.
Xhaka with a free kick but Schmeichel tips it over. Iwobi just can’t control a long ball from Mustafi and Schmeicher can grab it. Xhaka with a foul and a yellow card. A few Arsenal players looking not on the same wavelength after the international break and lots of wrong passes. Xhaka with another free kick but the ball goes wide. A corner from Arsenal can’t find a player at the end of it. Iwobi with a shot but Schmeichel saves it. Arsenal now in control and pressing Leicester back. A great attack from the back from Arsenal. Özil gets it on the half way line and sends it to Bellerin who sends in a low cross and Özil is on hand to side foot it in from the post. GOAL! 1-1 after 45 minutes. Just what we needed.
Iwobi with a good run but no Arsenal player at the end of his cross. Lacazette intercepts a back pass and has a shot that is blocked. The ball falls for Mkhytarian but his shot goes wide. And not even a minute later again he has a shot but this time he fires over. Arsenal has upped the tempo in the second half. Suddenly a corner for Leicester and Leno can’t get to the ball and the ball is headed against the crossbar. A narrow escape. For the rest of the second half Leicester is defending with 11 players around their penalty area. After 60 minutes Mkhitaryan goess off and Guendouzi comes on. Lichtsteiner also comes off and Aubameyang comes on. Still 1-1 after 60 minutes.
Arsenal with a great attack. Özil with a pass only he can produce in the path of Bellerin who crosses it to Aubameyang who cool finishes the excellent move. GOAL!! 2-1 to The Arsenal after 63 minutes.
Ricardo gets a yellow card for a clear foul on Aubameyang. Arsenal continue their fluent football. An amazing move with Özil all over it. A first flick on the halfway line to Guendouzi who gives it to Bellerin. Bellerin gives it to Özil who lets it run for Lacazette who gives it back in the path of Özil who is suddenly in front of Schmeichel on his own and the German playmaker gives the ball to Aubameyang who can tip it home. GOAL!!! 3-1 after 66 minutes.
The ref who wasn’t too bad up to now then lets a blatant foul on Lacazette go unpunished. Xhaka now playing a somewhat hanging left midfielder on the flank. The ref simply refuses to give fouls in favour of Arsenal now for a few moments. Iwobi and Özil again combine and Lacazette gets a golden chance to score but he manages to kick the ball in the path of Schmeichel. After 79 minutees Ramsey comes on for Özil who gets a standing ovation.
Iwobi with a low cross to Lacazette but the striker misses the target but it was difficult with a defender making a good block. Iwobi with not for the first time this match showing some great skills on the ball. Arsenal players trying to get Lacazette on the score sheet but it doesn’t work for the Frenchman tonight it seems. 3 minutes of extra time.
Arsenal overplaying it a bit now but Leicester look beaten. Arsenal players fight till the last second and we go to 10 wins in a row. After a first half with the handbrake on we unleash the Arsenal beast in the second half with another amazing display from Özil, two goals from Auba and two assists from Bellerin.
Arsenal are now in 4th place in the league two points behind the league leaders Man City and Liverpool.
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