Leicester 0-1 Arsenal: Gunners remain at the top of the EPL table

The Brazilian – back into the starting line up – latched onto a wonderful Leandro Trossard pass before squeezing his shot home.

Trossard himself thought he had given us the lead in the first half, only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper after a VAR review.

It was a well deserved win, on an afternoon when we restricted the home side to just one shot, and takes us five points clear at the top, before Man City’s game later in the day.

We were straight on the front foot. Martin Odegaard – who had lent his captain’s armband to Oleksandr Zinchenko for the afternoon, on the first anniversary of the invasion of his homeland Ukraine – lifted a shot over the bar inside the first minute.

Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka soon both had shots charged down. Xhaka’s opportunity was more than just a half chance.

We were dominating possession. A wonderful Jorginho pass released Saka, but he was crowded out inside the box. He had a bit more space to work in moments later, but this time his shot was well off target, as he aimed for the top corner.

Saka was seeing plenty of the ball, but his shooting radar was off-kilter.

We were controlling the game and it looked as though we had broken the deadlock after 25 minutes. A corner fell to Leandro Trossard outside the box and he curled a beauty into the top corner.

However, after a VAR review, the magnificent strike was disallowed for a foul by Ben White on goalkeeper Danny Ward.

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Leicester’s threat came from the counterattack, and they outnumbered us three against two after winning the ball on the edge of their own box, but we regrouped in time to snuff out the danger.

After a frustrating first half, we got the second period off to the perfect start. Trossard fed a superb nutmeg pass into the advancing Martinelli, and the Brazilian threaded his shot just inside the far post.

It was a pinpoint finish, and he also got fouled in the process but was able to run off the injury. It was our first shot on target of the afternoon.

Martinelli then fed Saka inside the box for a tap-in, but the offside flag denied us our second.


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