Leicester v Arsenal – Strikers sizzle as Gunners win

This game was always likely to be a tricky one for Arsenal, as we are not exactly firing on all cylinders, while Claudio Ranieri has the home team Leicester playing with real verve and pulling up trees in the Premier League.

The game was as fast and furious as we expected right from the kick off, with Arsenal passing the ball well and the Foxes pressing hard and looking to break with pace and numbers. THey got an early breakthrough as well, with Vardy finishing a great counter attack with style.

Arsenal were on the ball today though and Theo Walcott was looking sharp. He got us back into it with a brilliant finish as his pace and movement got him on to a Cazorla through ball five minutes after going behind.

Alexis put us ahead with a tap in after good work down the right from Bellerin. That goal opened the flood gates for the Chilean who completed his hat-trick in the second half with a well taken header from a great set up from Ozil, while the third was all his own work, beating the keeper with a fierce long range drive.

The game was done and dusted when Leicester scored a second but there was still time for Giroud to score a nice fifth after replacing Walcott, so that meant all three strikers had scored and our troubles in front of goal look to be over.

With Man City losing this was a fantastic result and the performance should see us get right back on track.

Tags Alexis Giroud Walcott


      1. lol theres a title the chileans will have a issue trying to pronounce.
        ‘he ehh kinn ahhhh lye star’


      1. we’re only 3 points off the leader MU. despite that we only got started today. great to see alexis back and walcott too. also good to see OG score, even tho he missed an unbelievable sitter just minutes before.

        1. we also gained 3 points on MC today. we have been given a gift. now the ball’s in our corner: we need to consolidate this by being consistent. hope ramsey starts scoring soon too. would also like to see ox start instead of ramsey to let him get some confidence.

        2. The Man U game on the 4th already looks quite decisive just after a crucial UCL game!!Winning those two game would capped off a great 2 weeks!

        3. Hmmm I wouldn’t call that a sitter that was driven across at shin height that’s kind of awkward to get a foot or shin on

      1. mert was also out of position for 1st one. he ran back as fast as he could but couldnt catch up. he’s not the person for open games. maybe when we’re building a bus we could use him but not in games like today [but we didnt have a choice today]

        1. but did u see how the ox just stood there and watched vardy shoot? He does that everytime. Defending is not just for defenders.

          1. Ox needs to be benched or moved on to another EPL team, sadly he just doesnt produce for the Gunners.

            Probably never will

      2. Look at OX’s defensive contribution to the second goal. He just stands there watching, outside the box. He always does that. Guess he believes he doesn’t need to defend.

      3. He was covering the middle until he got support to close Vardy down. We were all out of position. I’m usually an Ozil hater but he’s been proving himself lately. Happy to see it

    1. City and Chelsea lost, we beat spurs during the week and won today. Great weekend. Heard Mike Dean was not in the line up for chelsea today so i am not surprised they lost. What was Mourinho thinking? Mike Dean’s place on the team should be guaranteed.

      1. and it was a fantastic end to end game.
        honestly this has made my day.

        nothing in this world can captivate me like football when its played like this…ahem except muff

  1. gotta beat united next 🙁 🙁
    its between us and them again now 🙁 🙁
    lhistoire cest repetee 🙁 🙁 🙁

  2. Fantastic game and win with Sanchez hat-trick and both strikers to score!! ?? We really missed Coquelin but other than that a great win, COYG!!

    1. when we conceded 1st goal: did u see mert run back as fast (not v.fast) as he could . if we had gabriel and/or coq for this game, we would have had a clean sheet.

      1. Well we can’t know that for sure but we definetly lacked a shield for our back four, having Gabriel would be better as well. I am just happy we scored 5 in one match, haven’t seen that in a while ?

  3. theos movement today was top notch
    alexis theo and ozil combining leaving Leicester panicking made me make a high pitched squeak..

    this is a great result

  4. Entertaining game….Arsenal love this type of open game. Delighted Alexis scored and got a hat trick. Welldone Walcott and Giroud for getting a goal too. Welldone Arsenal. Always delighted when we win!

    1. yeah, i’m glad leicester didnt close up shop versus us. but it does show : if the teams play open versus us, they will get punished.
      i could see we were just a bit short of critical and now we’ve crossed that line, its going to be more goals from theo and alexis. giroud’s backup identity is surely forming.

    1. Contained optimism my friend…let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet. I know from the last 8 seasons, nothing good in the form of major trophies comes from it. 🙂

  5. When I saw Spurs scoring 4 goals and we also scoring 4……..I was only thinking for someone to come and score one more……and there came Giroud and he did it……..hahahahahaha…..#spursalwaysinourshadow…….wow what a game….!!!

  6. Game of the season so far. Fantastic shifts put in especially by Alexis and Theo Walcott. If you ask me, Walcott plays week in week out since we don’t have a better option because he is just more of a threat regardless of the opposition.
    Very erratic premier league campaign which means next week’s Manchester United game now has some significance.

    1. next weekend’s game versus MU has HUGE significance. giroud is now firmly in theo’s shadow. lets hope theo can build upon this and grow his consistency. Next week will be a marker for the season. and we get gabriel and coq back. VERY important game. need to be consistent and focus every minute .

  7. I really would like to see Alexis Theo and Olivier all our goal scorers this year play as a formidable front line. Ramsey must be able to play somewhere else because he is not a natural goal scorer as are the others.

    1. No I do not support that idea. Giroud should just do what he is doing now…coming from the bench. He will spoil it. He didn’t play much today and it turned out to be our best game of the season.
      I think how they lined up today in attack is how they should line up. The tweak that may be made could be Alex Chamberlain for Ramsey.

    2. no – giroud is not needed as a starter. at least until theo goes off the boil (i hope that does NOT happen).

      1. Lets not get too excited by Theo, he missed a lot of chances and made very decision sometimes where he would have passed to Sanchez but instead passed to the opposition keeper. we wont have those chances against big teams like Man U.

  8. How lucky we are to have Alexis who always delivers when we need him the most! Love him!!
    Thank god both Giroud and Walcott scored!
    Applaud for Leicester they kept going when it was already 4-1 and Fought until the last minute.

  9. Alexis sanchez was the real “”hattrick king” at the king power stadium today! Take a bow your royalship! Coyg!

  10. 2 points difference
    Tied with United with 13 points
    Where is Mourinho’s team btw
    When I look at the PL table, I usually just look at the top half 🙂

    1. i would say no,

      le coq cleans that area so well, arteta is adequate but is not reliable for a title race,
      flamini besides u lot getting mental over his volley (was brilliant) is nowhere near good enough for a dm

      just pray for le coq

      1. Was it not ironic that Arsenal beat the high flying Leicester with Flamini first and Arteta later as defensive midfielders? There is no denying that Leicester has been a surprise team of this season. You would have thought that if Flamini and Arteta were as rubbish as you want us to think We could have been humiliated today, especially considering the form in which Leicester is and that they were playing at home. Looking up the scoreline Arsenal had a very convincing win.

        The bottom line is some people here need to respect players of the team they support. If Arsenal is going to have a good run that will shift the title challenge in our favour, the win against Tottenham mid week and today’s game will be the cornerstones of that run. Guess which players will be mentioned in those key matches? Flamini, Arteta, Alexis, and Mertesacker.

    1. Martial is quite a talent though. He certainly looks more assured than Theo was at that age. He dribbles better and is also clinical in his finishing for a 19 year old, something Theo finally developed 3 or 4 years ago. He also has some physical presence. I wouldn’t say which one is better just yet pending on what Walcott does in the latter stages of his career.
      I know this, if we had Martial….Alexis, Martial and Walcott would be a very devastating combination. Certainly more mouth-watering than Alexis, Giroud and Walcott. You could ask Ozil secretly and I’m sure he would agree with me.

  11. I said it before on the other article before the match……Arsenal doesn’t lose these kinda matches.
    So, when you find ’em tough, stubborn and unbeaten, call on The Arsenal!

  12. Okay doki fellow gunners.

    Man of the match: Alexis of course.
    Flop of the match: Potato head.

    Merti should get used to see the bench. He tends to have many bad games but today was the worst i have ever seen. Paulista should be a regular without any questions.

    Ramsey trys to much. Leaves the left to side way to often expsoed, to much pressure for Belerin alone. The goal and most of the enemy attacking came from the left. Arsene should have bough Griezman when we had the chance to.

    Giroud aka Donkey is a superb sub player. Whenever he comes from the bench, he never fails to perform. Could have scored 2 goals today.

    Walcott scores, but he also misses many chances. Should be playing on the RW. But we have no other striker.

    Manure is the team to beat. No excuses. They have also a good run, and there is no better team to end them as we. COyg

    1. I see Mert doing so many more positive things than most fans will recognize. He was also not getting enough help on that side from the RB/RW positions (see below).

      I won’t hold it against Ramsey but he is simply out of position on the right. And you are correct – this leaves Bellerin doing everything alone on the right and he has no help at all. Bellerin is forced to cover the entire right side going forward and this sometimes causes right-side defensive openings against Arsenal. This is all caused by playing Ramsey out of position.

      1. When you consider the first goal we conceded it was all Ramsey’s fault. Arsenal were comfortably in possession trying to get some openings. Bellerin had moved up the pitch to provide off the ball support, then what does Ramsey do? He tries to play the ball through very congested areas when simple passes were available. The moment we lost the ball, all other players could not recover because the ball was quickly moved into space as they tried to exploit Mert’s lack of pace.

        1. the right side is a problem; neither ramsey nor ox are behaving responsibly now. lets see if wenger can balance his soft touch with some stern talk. ramsey at least defends when he’s in position. ox doesnt even do that. ramsey has a different problem: he drifts out of position and so simply cannot be part of the D when needed.

  13. i read alexis’s first goal of the season….ha more of his first 3 goals of the season….walcott seeming a striker…i was a little dissatisfied wiz the way we defended after it was 4-1 but overall i am happy….and martasaker was poor…if Gabriel and le coq are back we just might get the title. COYG!!!!

  14. i read somewhere alexis’s first goal of the season….ha more like his first 3 goals of the season….walcott seeming a striker…i was a little dissatisfied wiz the way we defended after it was 4-1 but overall i am happy….and martasaker was poor…if Gabriel and le coq are back we just might get the title. COYG!!!!

  15. So happy we won and I did say it would be a big win but could have been the other way. They are a good team at the moment so well done Leicester. Only thing I now worry about is AW starting O G because he got on the score sheet? When your 2-4 up anyone can score. TW should start in most games. I would start BFG in the week but our Brazilian at the week end.

  16. Theo will score more than 20 goals if given a run in the team…he gets up to five chances a game all thanks to his movements off the ball and arsenals world class playmakers….mert was really exposed by verdy …Paulista would ve covered more and prevented the shot …….all good…the beast is back to form…….ALEXIS (slayer)SANCHEZ

  17. It was a great win, Sanchez absolute beast. Walcott’s goal was brilliant too, not many strikers would have scored that. But let’s be honest, Leicester defense were extremely poor…their marking and backtracking was non-existent. We had it easy today. With Gabriel fit for the mancs, Coquelin back and Sanchez and Walcott high after playing well and scoring it is going to be a hum DINGER of a game. Just like the good old days. oh and **** Chelsea

  18. Excellent, we win a stonking end to end game, and Chelsea only get a point against a team in the bottom 3. Lovely. 😀

  19. Please let’s support the team and pray they emulate the same attacking flare on tuesday. Wenger should talk to our defenders,they shouldn’t be lazy even if we are winning 3-0 or 4-0.

  20. Walcott was much improved in hold-up play. He showed much better strength and determination as he dug in and fought to keep balls up front. Better overall striker play.

    1. thought this was his best game as striker. Intellgient movement to beat defenders and did much better holding onto the ball, linked up well with Ozil, Alexis. Very good job from Walcott today.

      1. he has more upside than OG. looks like wenger’s going to give walcott a longish trial at CF so i’m happy about that. i really hope walcott can learn the trade and become a bit more clinical & consistent. if OG can keep scoring as a sub, all the better.

    1. as a slight negative, its becoming more appaernt that we dont have a proper RW: ramsey sucks there, and ox has a bit to go [i really dislike his lack of defending too]. arteta played better than he did midweek. even did some forward passes and maybe a tackle or two.

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