Friday 26 April 2019

Aubameyang's quickfire double kills off Foxes

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester

Wonder finish: Mesut Ozil
Wonder finish: Mesut Ozil

A slick second-half performance reminded Arsenal fans of the club's glory days as the Gunners notched up a 10th straight win with a 3-1 victory over Leicester last night.

Unai Emery's side came from behind at the Emirates and were comfortable winners in the end, after an initially competitive Leicester wilted in the second period.

Since defeat to Manchester City and Chelsea in the opening two games of the season, Emery has led his new side to wins in every game - both domestically and in Europe.

They did escape without conceding an early penalty though, despite defender Rob Holding appearing to handle the ball in his own box.

Referee Christopher Kavanagh dismissed Leicester's appeals, with Claude Puel protesting from the technical area.

Harry Maguire then sneaked free to head towards goal unmarked, only for Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno to tip the England defender's effort round a post. However, Leicester deservedly took a 1-0 lead just past the half-hour mark thanks to a Hector Bellerin own goal.

Ben Chilwell sneaked in round the back of Arsenal's defence to latch on to a fine angled pass and the left-back's attempted low cross was deflected by Bellerin past the wrong-footed Leno and into the Arsenal net.

An inspired Mesult Ozil levelled the match just before half-time when sweeping home Bellerin's smart low cross, and the scores stayed locked at 1-1 at half-time.

Wilfried Ndidi headed against the crossbar in the first gilt-edged opening of the second half. The Leicester forward rattled the woodwork in redirecting a corner, but was just unable to put the Foxes back in front.

At this stage Arsenal were starting to impose themselves, with crisp interplay opening holes in the Leicester defence.

The inevitable came when replacement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tapped in to hand Arsenal a 2-1 lead, just moments after joining the fray.

The Gabon striker added a far-post finish from a crisp Arsenal break with just his second meaningful act after climbing off the bench.

Aubameyang then doubled his tally almost immediately in the 66th minute, tapping into an empty net thanks to some magic from Ozil.

The German stepped over the ball to let it run for Aubameyang on the edge of the Leicester area.

Aubameyang returned the favour as Ozil cantered into the box and the Arsenal captain then flicked the ball away from the onrushing Kasper Schmeichel and back into Aubameyang's path.

From there Arsenal were comfortable and more than value for the three points.

The result leaves them in fourth, just two points behind Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

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