Arteta singles out four stars for praise in Leicester victory

Mikel Arteta has named four players who were worthy of a special mention after his Arsenal side were comfortable victors over Leicester City.

The Gunners started the match on the backfoot after an early concession, but kept their focus and managed to come away as assured winners.

Willian was singled out by BT Sport’s commentary team as their Man of the Match, a player who has been the subject of ridicule in recent months after his move from Chelsea, and the manager also praised his performance.

“He was really good,” our manager said after the final whistle (via “We’ve seen that in training the last few weeks. He’s rebuilding himself and he’s not accepted the situation.

“I think he was the player who changed the game against Benfica in the last few moments when he came on, and today I think he was terrific.”

The manager moved to add that Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Granit Xhaka were also deserving of praise for their performances in the 3-1 victory, more players who have also come under scrutiny by the fans at different stages of the season.

“The same with the other senior players. Laca, I think the way he played, Nico grew in the game and had a big impact as well. Granit as well. A player who has played that many minutes, to play with the heart and the passion he showed in every action, I think it’s a great example for the rest of the players.”

Pepe was my personal Man of the Match, while Xhaka and Willian definitely played key roles in our dominant win, and we will need the whole squad to chip in as we look to end the campaign will with so many games still left to play out.


Tags Alexandre Lacazette Granit Xhaka mikel arteta Nicolas Pepe Willian


  1. Pepe or Willian my MOTM. Maybe Pepe, because he scored, created the penalty AND got fouled for the freekick we first scored.

  2. Oh dear!!!!
    According to some on here, all the players MA mentioned are the “deadwood” they want out of the club – does that mean it’s MA himself is “deadwood” as well then?

    1. Willian and Xhaka were also directly responsible for the goal we conceded, so they had a mixed game in fairness. In closer games that would have cost us points.

      Some objectivity would be nice

  3. This was what MA expected from his players when he rotated the team for the FA cup match against Southampton, but the players let him down and fans jumped to the conclusion that MA gambled with the cup.
    Thank God these players came to the fore today. Especially Willian and Pepe.
    All we need is consistency. So far only Saka can be associated with that word.

    A week’s rest is well deserved.. bring on Burnley

    1. Khadii, the key word is “consistency”, something lacking from Arsenal for a few seasons. We never know which Arsenal will turn up on match day.

  4. Arsenal are now moving forward
    Beating Leicester at their own ground is not a small job
    I hail you all
    William good
    Pepe perfect
    Lacs great
    Arsenal Fc Goat

  5. Arsenal is the most consistent inconsistent team and just one good win the halleluyah boys are out here singing praises…… If the manager is as good as most claim here we won’t be sitting in 10th position after over 2/3 of the season, please this is just a one offs against a team enduring injury crisis.

    1. Why are u negative? So we must not be happy and appreciative for the big win we got because we are not consistent 🤗🤗🤗 I think it’s step by step , consistency will come , but we must be happy and appreciative for the achievement so far, now M A must solve the problem if early conceding of goals,

  6. It will not be football if consistent and inconsistency don’t come to play in a team, against each other. Win some, lose some, draw some ! You could also win none and lose all.

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