Player Ratings: Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal

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Here are the Fresh Football player ratings for Leicester City vs. Arsenal. 

Arsenal

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Petr Cech – 7: Looked confident between the sticks, didn’t have much to do at all but watch as Arsenal dominated possession. Made an important save in the dying seconds.

Hector Bellerin – 6: A chance to give Arsenal the lead 15 minutes in, but as is often the case with Hector, his final ball was missing.

Rob Holding – 7: Selected ahead of Chambers, Holding played with maturity and the Gunners looked solid defensively, although Leicester barely caused them any troubles at all.

Laurent Koscielny – 8 (MOTM): Arsenal looked much safer with the dominant Koscielny back in defence, he was a dominant presence throughout.

Nacho Monreal – 7: Did really well coping with the threat of Mahrez. Added defensive security and maturity to the Arsenal defence.

Francis Coquelin – 6: As is often the case, picked up a stupid yellow just 20 minutes in. Technical ability, or lack of it, restrict his effectiveness when Arsenal try to break down a defence.

Granit Xhaka – 6.5: Alongside Coquelin, Arsenal had a tough tackling midfield. He made some good tackles but also a terrible backpass that almost allowed Vardy to take the lead. Still needs time to adjust.

Theo Walcott – 4.5: Really struggled to get into the game. Had a good chance to score with 20 to go but his shot went straight at the keeper. Could’ve put it on the plate for Giroud with 10 to go, instead his shot was blocked.

Santi Cazorla – 6: Always showing for the ball and linked the midfield and attack well. One of Arsenal’s more influential players in the first half.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5: Looked dangerous and went close in the first half after cutting inside and curling just wide. Ultimately didn’t do enough to break down Leicester’s defence.

Alexis Sanchez – 5: Dropped deep a lot to try and get involved as Leicester’s deep defence frustrated him. Needs to find his position and rhythm again.

Subs

Mesut Ozil – 7.5: On for Cazorla with 18 to go. Made an instant impact and created a good opportunity for Walcott. Looked a level above the other Arsenal players.

Jack Wilshere – 6.5: Had 18 minutes to make an impact, was lively but couldn’t break down the defence.

Olivier Giroud – N/A: Had just over 10 minutes to make an impact, didn’t.

 

Leicester City

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Kasper Schmeichel – 6: Looked uneasy and reluctant to catch the ball. Enjoyed looking heroic when it wasn’t necessary.

Danny Simpson – 7: Had a lot to do as Arsenal often attacked down Leicester’s right hand side, did it well.

Robert Huth – 6: Back from suspension, an early slip almost left him red-faced but Morgan covered well for him.

Wes Morgan – 6.5: Important interception early on to deny Walcott. Stayed close to Alexis and pocketed him.

Cristian Fuchs – 6: Didn’t get involved much, spent his game ensuring Walcott couldn’t get in behind, which he rarely managed to do.

Danny Drinkwater – 6.5: Having to run more and do more off the ball in Kante’s absence and his quality is suffering because of it. Doesn’t have the ability to affect the game at both ends, but put more effort in than any other player on the pitch.

Napy Mendy – 6: Still trying to replicate what Kante did for this team, over enthusiasm caused him to make some silly fouls. Off with a worrying looking ankle injury after 52 minutes.

Riyad Mahrez – 5: All eyes were on Mahrez after committing his future to the club, but in truth, he struggled to trouble Monreal all evening.

Marc Albrighton – 5: Dropped deep and didn’t get at Bellerin enough, therefore missed a chance to get at 20 year old Holding.

Jamie Vardy – 5: The striker who turned down Arsenal earlier in the summer. Ran a lot, drew an early yellow from Coquelin, probably lucky not to be booked himself for a tackle on Monreal. Vardy had a couple of good openings but squandered them. If this was last season it would’ve ended 1-0, Vardy goal.

Shinji Okazaki – 5: Ran a lot but struggled to disturb Arsenal’s midfield from deep, which therefore allowed Arsenal to dominate the game.

Subs

Andy King – 5.5: On for Mendy after just 52 minutes due to injury.
Leonardo Ulloa – N/A: On for the last 25 minutes, replacing Okazaki.
Ahmed Musa – 7: Didn’t have long but made an instant impact, could and maybe should’ve won Leicester a penalty.