Morning all.

Captain for the day, Oleksandr Zinchenko led his team out at The King Power Stadium. A team which saw Eddie Nketiah rested. I was surprised to see him on the bench, purely because he’s the only out and out striker Mikel Arteta has available right now but Leandro Trossard is a versatile player, he said so himself during his interview after signing for Arsenal in January. So far, I think he’s been exactly what Arsenal needed at this stage of the season. Jorginho too.

From a corner, Arsenal went ahead. Ward punched the corner from Bukayo Saka clear, Leandro  Trossard took a couple of touches before shooting from distance. Accurate, pacy and in! But, VAR intervened and after Pawson was advised to take a look at the pitch side monitor, Ben White was adjudged to have fouled Ward as he cleared the original corner kick. Right call? By the letter of the footballing law, yes. Clear and obvious? Absolutely not. As Tom Jones has been singing for years, “it happens all the time”. It’s not unusual for decisions to go against us either…..

Two more contentious decisions went against us. Another goal disallowed, this time because of an offside which the linesman flagged. Had he left it for VAR to rule on, we might have seen the offside lines, but honestly, I think the outcome would have been the same. However, there’s no doubt in my mind that Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty when Bukayo Saka was bundled over in the box. That was in my opinion, clear and obvious. Would we have scored? We’ll never know.

‘Same old Arsenal, always moaning’ – well what does anyone expect when each time we play, our players are subjected to some rough stuff. Granit Xhaka too a wak in the back, Gabriel Martinelli was stamped on his knee and Bukayo Saka was roughed up on more than one occasion. A strong challenge is very different to being kicked from behind. Frequently!

In between all of that, we scored a very good goal. A clearance from Gabriel out to Leandro Trossard on the left, a nutmeg pass through a Leicester City player’s legs into the path of Gabriel Martinelli who, with a lot of work to do, slid a lovely shot past Webb. I thought he’d suffered a serious injury after his knee was trodden/stamped on but thankfully not although I bet he’s sore this morning.

The 1-0 win doesn’t really reflect the game as Mikel Arteta’s team was in total control for most of it. A few nervy moments at the end perhaps but I can’t remember Aaron Ramsdale having an easier 95 minutes. Leicester had one shot all game and that was off target.

A narrow Arsenal win reports the BBC who then go on to publish the stats:


Home – 34%
Away – 66


Home – 1
Away – 10

On Target:

Home – 0
Away – 2


Home – 0
Away – 8


Home – 14
Away – 9


Home – 0
Away – 1

I think to do what to do what the team has done here today is very, very difficult. I think we dominated the game from the start almost to finish, we had a difficult 10 or so minutes where we gave so many balls away that we lost a little bit of control, but in general, I think our play and understanding of the space, how they were pressing, how we got into final third positions was excellent. We lacked a little bit of that final pass to score more or create bigger chances, I think we weren’t over the decision with the disallowed goal, which was difficult to take, but to stay really focussed and determined to do that, I think defensively we were incredible because we restrict Leicester to one shot on target in the whole game at home is a difficult thing to do. The players did really well. Mikel Arteta

That was a battering for Leicester City in all but the scoreline. A 10th away win for Arsenal, the same number we managed throughout the whole of last season which is a huge improvement. I know we still have to go to Anfield, The Etihad and St James Park but there’s nothing to say we can’t get something from those fixtures.

Next up, Everton!

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