Premier League match report Leicester City v Arsenal 30 October 2021


Arsenal unleashed the same eleven that edged Aston Villa in their recent league match which was played at their own turf during the course of last weekend.

It took the Gunners only five minutes to grab the lead after Gabriel Magalhaes attacked a corner-kick played in at the near post by Bukayo Saka to head well beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

The lead doubled in the matter of 13 minutes when Emile Smith Rowe drove a loose ball from 12 yards out past Schmeichel following good pressure play by Saka and Alexandre Lacazette.

Leicester were very close to cut the lead through Kelechi Iheanacho’s left-footed strike before the half-hour mark, but Aaron Ramsdale tipped away after his misplaced possession allowed the chance.

The Foxes edged close again courtesy of a free-kick by James Maddison, but Ramsdale smothered again and parried the follow-up from Jonny Evans too.

Having gone into halftime trailing, Leicester took out a double substitution ahead of the restart in the form of Ademola Lookman and Harvey Barnes.

The Foxes continued to pile the pressure following a strong end to the first half, as Luke Thomas drilled a through pass from Youri Tielemans inside 55 minutes narrowly wide of target.

Lookman then nearly caught the Gunners out with a strong attempt at the near post moments later from a smart overload by Jamie Vardy, but Ramsdale was up to the task again.

Chances began to open up either side late on as sharp reflexes from Schmeichel kept Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from making it three, whilst the Foxes introduced Zambian Patson Daka.

Arsenal ran out the final minutes of the match to see out the win and moved from tenth to fifth spot on the table.