We noted three crucial things as Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-2 in their second match of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign. The Gunners maintained their bright start to the season, clinching a well-deserved victory against Brendan Rodgers’ men, making it 2 wins in 2 matches played so far.
Gabriel Jesus scored two in the first half while William Saliba’s own goal gave the Foxes a lifeline. But Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward made an uncharacteristic error, which allowed Granit Xhaka to slot it in for the home team.
James Maddison again gave Leicester hope when his shot went through the legs of Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale, but the hosts responded quickly with Gabriel Martinelli finding the bottom corner from an assist by Jesus. It was a comprehensive performance by the Gunners, who pulled the away side apart with their trademark interchanging runs and quick combinations.
1. Arsenal Defence Still Prone To Lapse In Concentration
Even after going 2-0 up, the Arsenal defence was under pressure for parts of the first half. William Saliba, who gave a Man of the Match performance last time put the ball into his own net. The Maddison goal was a poor attempt by Aaron Ramsdale to protect the goal.
The Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has done wonders in the defence over the past two years but now to take it to the next step, he needs to stop his team from conceding unnecessary goals.
2. Gabriel Jesus Is The Finisher Arsenal Needed
The Brazilian striker marked his home debut with two goals as the North London side maintained their strong start to the season. Gabriel Jesus produced a dazzling display, scoring twice and going close to getting a hat-trick on multiple occasions.
He showed off different aspects of his talents on his home debut, producing a superb chip to open the scoring before showing more predatory instincts to latch on to a defensive header and nod past the keeper. He seems to fit perfectly into Arteta’s system and as per requirement, provides the necessary runs into the box.
Gabriel Jesus’ game by numbers vs Leicester:
3/4 dribbles completed
3 shots on target
3 key passes
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The Gunners lost crucial points last season due to missed opportunities from strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, both of whom have now left the club. However, the case now seems to be different with the Brazilian moving to the Emirates.
Arsenal managed to create many opportunities through the middle against Leicester City with the likes of Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Oleksandr Zinchenko being involved. Especially after losing out on a Champions League spot last season to Tottenham Hotspur by a close margin, Arteta’s men will want to take all their chances.
3. The Gunners Are The Comeback Kings
The North London side have been that team which produces some of the most entertaining games in the Premier League. Despite having the lead in certain games, they find a way to let the opposition come back into the game and they are themselves forced to score a last-minute goal.
Arsenal’s midfield needs more composure to finish off games. Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka are sometimes at fault for the side not getting all the 3 points. Against big teams like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, the Gunners will be punished for mistakes and will not be able to make a comeback every time due to the quality of players.
Talking to Sky Sports, Mikel Arteta seemed satisfied with his team’s performance:
“I’m really happy. It was a big performance. A really good football match from both sides, Leicester had their moments as well. We know what Gabriel Jesus can do, scored two and set up two and he’s disappointed because he says he could have scored four. That’s the sort of mentality you need. I wouldn’t like to play against him. He’s so mobile, intuitive, sharp and proactive in any moment or phase of the game. He’s a real threat.”
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It was a vibrant performance by Mikel Arteta’s side who now have six points from their opening two games. With Manchester City’s form and squad depth, it would be naive to say Arsenal are title contenders but the team have certainly improved over the summer. The Spaniard will need his team to be consistent to challenge for the top-four this season, with Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea all in the hunt.
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