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. haywill says:

    what if flaminis upset 🙁 🙁 🙁
    cuz alexiss goal better 🙁 🙁 🙁

    1. ranger says:

      King of Leicester Alexis Sanchez

      1. KickAssFan says:

        Great game, sweet victory. Sanchez is pure class!!!

        1. Antono says:

          Time for the big gambler LVG to parking the bus this week.
          Or, will he dare to take another gamble this time?

      2. muffdiver says:

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


        1. Arsenal007 says:

          Alexis Sanchez baby
          Alexis Sanchez oooohhhh

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      “OPERATION SANCHEZ” begins at King power!

      1. almostawinner says:

        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. almostawinner says:

          chelsea 16th.

          1. muffdiver says:

            dont get too excited …they win against Newcastle an there 3 points behind us.

            its too early

        2. almostawinner says:

          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.

        3. Raoh says:

          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!

        4. Goonsquad8 says:

          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

    3. SoOpa AeoN says:

      can we pls do this every game?

    4. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Note: Mert in the build-up to vardy’s 2nd goal!…………can’t wait to have gabriel back

      1. almostawinner says:

        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. bamiprof says:

          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. Bigvalbowski says:

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

            Probably never will

      2. juhislihis says:

        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. jaweant says:

        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. jaweant says:

          Actually Mert was way behind. Remembered it wrong. Yes Gabriel hurry back!

    5. jaydicksy says:

      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. Goonsquad8 says:

        They drew

  2. muffdiver says:


    1. NY_Gunner says:

      What a way to show it too…DANG

      1. muffdiver says:

        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

      2. KickAssFan says:

        Bang! Bang!! Bang!!! That’s three, eh??? So cool!!!

    2. irish gunner says:

      He was. Just waiting for fifa 16 to come out for a heap more in form cards

      1. k-ool says:

        lol…I don’t think you could get a game like this today on fifa 16. Today was more fifa 15.

  3. ranger says:

    Sanchez beast mode on.

  4. Greg says:

    Awesome hattrick from alexis!!! Coyg!

  5. haywill says:

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

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Hey, pal! You think we are back in the race? What do you think?

      1. almostawinner says:

        yes, we are. and so happy for sanchez.

        1. KickAssFan says:

          Yeah, me too. Hope we don’t *beep* it up.

  6. Greg says:

    Alexis you beauty!!!!!!!

  7. 11Guns says:

    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. almostawinner says:

      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. 11Guns says:

        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 ?

  8. chimchimgiroud says:

    Well that was hugely entertaining

  9. muffdiver says:

    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

  10. Uzi Ozil says:

    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. almostawinner says:

      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.

  11. Greg says:

    Let it be known that the gunners stopped the dangerous leicester city unbeaten streak! Coyg!

  12. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Stand up for the champions

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      More like this….

      Alexis Sanchez scores a hattrick
      *stands up from the chair*

    2. k-ool says:

      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. 🙂

  13. haywill says:

    at least spurs are friend now they beat city they love us inside they want us top table 😀 😀

    1. almostawinner says:

      spurs cant help helping us.

      1. k-ool says:

        lol…nice sentence.

  14. Trudeau says:

    Great confidence boost ahead of a massive game next weekend.

    1. almostawinner says:

      COYG!! lets show that slimy fellaini and shaggy rooney.

  15. Greg says:

    Forget form alexis sanchez is “100% pure class”!

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Alexis for Ballon d’or….

  16. lalitsyal says:

    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….!!!

  17. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Striker crisis they said…… strikers scoring the goals they never said.

  18. k-ool says:

    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. almostawinner says:

      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 .

  19. lalitsyal says:

    Credit to Sanchez, but some absolutely world class saves from Cech……!!!

  20. haywill says:

    must call coloccini now to request to beat moureen 🙁 🙁 🙁
    want chelsea relegated 🙁 🙁

  21. Jim A says:

    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. k-ool says:

      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.

      1. Brada b says:

        @kool spot on

    2. almostawinner says:

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

      1. Wonder says:

        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.

        1. almostawinner says:

          theo’s learning the position. he’s getting better. he has more upside than giroud.

  22. dennis4ever says:

    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.

  23. Greg says:

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

  24. muffdiver says:

    great match then few drinks and muff


    1. k-ool says:


  25. Mesut O-chill says:

    We finally scored more than 2 goals in a game. Lovely performance by the team especially Alexis.

  26. Robertthegooner says:

    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 🙂

  27. SoOpa AeoN says:

    are Arteta and The fLame DM materials?

    1. muffdiver says:

      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. almostawinner says:

        dont want to think about wenger and DM backup fiasco. will spoil my mood.

      2. The Analyzer says:

        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.

  28. vish says:

    Sanchez and Walcott. Take a bow.

  29. Mesut O-chill says:

    Beating an undefeated team on their home turf feels good.

  30. Onesman says:

    So easily could’ve been 2-0 down.
    Glad for Sanchez and Theo was amazing. Theo > Martial.

    GG Manure United

    1. k-ool says:

      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.

      1. Onesman says:

        yaaaah goooners yaaah

  31. unjonzeable says:

    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!

    1. k-ool says:

      Leicester attacks too much and that plays into Arsenal’s hands. But its very entertaining.

  32. KickAssFan says:

    I miss officer Paulista

  33. Ks-Gunner says:

    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. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      In what way was it Mert’s worst performance, please?

    2. mohawk says:

      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. The Analyzer says:

        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.

      2. Wonder says:

        Its a big NO. It actually got worse when AOC replaced Ramsey!

        1. almostawinner says:

          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.

  34. McDoodle says:

    He finally gets a hattrick! About time, he had so many 2 goal games last year and never scored 3.

  35. ziol says:

    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!!!!

  36. ziol says:

    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!!!!

  37. arsenalkid1970 says:

    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.

  38. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    And Newcastle just scored

  39. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    And Newcastle just scored…….

  40. harry86 says:

    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

  41. playbyte says:

    An almost perfct weekend. Newcastle pleeeaaaassseeeeeee!!!

  42. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    So Chelsea will win the league now????

  43. BarryL says:

    Newcastle now 2-0 up!!!
    Shouldn’t make nasty snidey remarks about AW Maureen

  44. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Why Martin Atkinson looks like second support referee to Chelsea??

  45. harry86 says:

    wow Newcastle 2 moureen 0……its looking more clearer that mike Dean was paid to rub arsenal ……

  46. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Chelsea are literally beating Mitrovic as much as they can. They have found a new target I guess..

  47. tatgooner says:

    fabregas ia their worst player and yet he gets full 90 mins

  48. Bigvalbowski says:


  49. Big Gun says:

    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

  50. mark says:

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

  51. luvdaguns says:

    absolute must protect our home pitch next sunday vs man utd, NO DRAW!

  52. Mourinho was stupid to rest Mike Dean

    1. rools says:

      best comment i read all day.

  53. Onochie says:

    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.

    1. RSH says:

      agree. The 2nd goal seemed a bit lazy from the whole team. We’re better than that defensively.

  54. mohawk says:

    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. RSH says:

      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. almostawinner says:

        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.

  55. RSH says:

    Arsenal win, Sanchez hattrick, Costa banned, Chelski drop. This is going to be a good weekend.

  56. Wonder says:

    What a game. Best game ever but we should improve how we defend and convert more of our chances.

  57. jperiod says:

    agree this was a good win. overall good performance, especially AS 17.

    1. almostawinner says:

      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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