Undefeated since the end of August, Arsenal provisionally climbed to fifth place after their 2-0 win at Leicester in the opener of the tenth round of the Premier League.
With 17 points, the ‘Gunners’ are outmatched by goal difference with their West Ham neighbors (4th), and are five points behind leaders Chelsea, while Leicester is 10th with 14 points.
Since the 5-0 loss to Manchester City on August 28, on Matchday 3, Mikel Arteta’s team has won 7 matches and drawn two across all competitions.
Deprived of European competition, which gives the Basque coach more time to implement his idea of the game, the Londoners ended the good run of the ‘Foxes’, who had added eight points in the last four dates.
Leicester saw themselves drowned out by a perfect 20 first minutes from Arsenal, who opened the scoring with a corner header from their Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes (5).
In the 18th minute, it was Emile Smith-Rowe who took advantage of the lack of intensity of the home defense to make it 2-0 (18).
Leicester tried to react but were met by a brilliant Aaron Ramsdale, the goalkeeper acquired for 28 million euros ($ 32.3 million) last summer from Sheffield United.
The substitute for Jordan Pickford in the England team stood out against James Maddison (44) Harvey Barnes (62).
Still in contention in the League Cup, where they will meet at home with third-division Sunderland, Arsenal seem to have found a balance on which to aspire to higher goals this season. AFP (HN)