Arsenal player ratings vs Leicester City: Chambers and Bellerin the positives in poor display
It was another day for Arsenal to forget in the Premier League as they lost 2-0 to Leicester City.
A tight first half ended scoreless, although Leicester have already shown their authority over the game. The odds thanks to Arsenal’s sloppy play came and went for the Foxes, but Brendan Rodgers’ side couldn’t take advantage of them until the halftime whistle.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believed he gave the Gunners the advantage after the break but was ruled offside, with a check with the video assistant referee in agreement with the decision.
At the end of the game, Leicester were able to regain control. Jamie Vardy opened the scoring to complete a complex passing move before James Maddison hammered his second.
The game leaves Arsenal eight points behind the Premier League’s top four places, but how did the Gunners’ players fare at King Power Stadium?
Take a look at football.londonplayer ratings below to find out:
Bernd Leno: The German goalkeeper was quite shaky at the start of the match. Lingering too long on the ball, he was almost caught by the Leicester frontmen. He was also not very bossy in the second half and remained helpless in the face of goals. 5.
Calum Chambers: Playing as a center-back for the first time since Matchday 1, Chambers didn’t play badly. He was much more conservative than his partners, which suited him well. He cut off attacks at important moments and didn’t spend more time on the ball than necessary. 6.
David Luiz: Used in a position supposed to be his best, David Luiz did not perform as expected. When a clear pass option was open he chose not to let go of the ball and when he did, the Brazilian misplaced his pass. Luiz managed to get past the Foxes defense once, but Ricardo Perreira quickly dealt with the danger. 4.
Rob Holding: Making his return to the Premier League was pretty inconsistent at Leicester. Sometimes he was very assertive, but when Ayoze Perez rushed at him it was a different story. To the left of the three full-backs, the 24-year-old couldn’t handle Perez’s pace and the forward passed him a few times. He didn’t improve much in the second half and was sacrificed for Nicolas Pepe. 4.
Hector Bellerin: Playing a little further forward than usual, Bellerin did not look like he usually did in the first half. When Arsenal had the opportunity to attack, they often held their position rather than going forward. He has ventured into the Leicester half at times, but not as much as he should have. After the break, however, he was more present and Arsenal were able to get back into the game, but he couldn’t do it all on his own. 6.
Lucas Torreira: The Uruguayan tried to make an impact in the midfield but was too easily bypassed by the Leicester midfielder. When he tried to press, the Foxes popped the ball around him and moved closer to the Arsenal defense. Unable to stop them, it was no surprise that he was taken away. 5.
MattÃ©o Guendouzi: Guendouzi struggled alongside Torreira. He couldn’t get Arsenal to advance and was outplayed in the middle of the park. The pair tried but were overtaken by the Foxes. 5.
Kolasinac Sea: Kolasinac was present on Arsenal’s left at the start of the game but eventually passed out. He played the ball for Aubameyang’s offside goal but didn’t do much else. 5.
Mesut Ozil: Play as # 10. Mesut Ozil didn’t have much influence on the game. Leicester controlled the first half and couldn’t operate in his favorite areas of the pitch. This continued in the second half when he disappeared from the match. 4.
Alexandre Lacazette: The French did not have a good game. He had three chances to pull the trigger but couldn’t get a proper connection. He approached the closest with an effort which he pushed back to six meters. After the break he watched the pace as he couldn’t continue Arsenal’s counterattacks. 4.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang : Working on scraps in the first half, the captain was seen more in the wide canals than up front. In the second half, his offside goal gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope. Arsenal’s brightest spark in attack, he didn’t offer much more throughout the game. 6.
Nicolas Pepe (subtitled for Holding): Nicolas Pepe was absent when he entered the field. Without much time to go, he struggled and his argument with Ben Chilwell was the only notable action. 5.
Joe Willock (subtitled for Torreira): The 20-year-old didn’t have time to change anything when he was introduced. 5.
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