Arsenal continued their unbeaten start to the new season with a 4-2 victory over Leicester City on Saturday. Mikel Arteta's team was at their ruthless best as they scored four goals against Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. Gabriel Jesus was the star of the show.
The Gunners got out to the better start of the two teams, and Gabriel Jesus' first goal for the club gave them the lead midway through the first half. While Leicester did have a penalty rejected by VAR in the 45th minute, Arsenal went into the halftime break leading 2-0 thanks to another goal from the Brazilian.
Just after the break, William Saliba headed the ball into his own net to give the Foxes some hope. Granit Xhaka, who scored after a terrible mistake from Danny Ward, gave the Gunners their two-goal lead back.
James Maddison once again cut the deficit with a precise finish, sending the ball beyond Aaron Ramsdale. However, the Foxes were unable to capitalise on that goal as two minutes later, Arsenal scored their fourth. Gabriel Martinelli scored his second goal of the season after slamming the ball into the corner.
Here are five talking points from the Emirates Stadium.
1. Arteta repeating Man City trick
Kieran Tierney was named to the bench for the second straight game as Arteta kept the same starting lineup from their victory over Palace, and it is simple to understand why. The Arsenal manager wants his full-backs to move inside and play like midfielders when the team has the ball, similar to Manchester City.
Oleksandr Zinchenko fits this perfectly because he is accustomed to playing as a No. 8 and participated in a similar setup under Pep Guardiola last season. Zinchenko already seems like a steal at £32m after putting up a strong display against Leicester after a strong debut. On the opposite side, Ben White also moved into midfield and took up positions akin to those held by Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo at City.
2. Jesus brilliance
Jesus displayed a lot of promising traits, and after scoring twice against Leicester, he has been able to translate them into goals, despite the fact that he was scoreless versus Palace on the opening day. Jesus was on the edge of the box when the ball fell to him in his first attempt, which was a brilliant move by Arsenal. The Brazilian skillfully clipped the ball around the bodies of the four Foxes defenders surrounding him and into the top corner.
After Jamie Vardy flicked in Gabriel Martinelli's corner, Jesus scored his second goal in the 35th minute, heading home from close range after picking up the pieces at the back post. Following the departure of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Arsenal lacked a finish of a natural goalscorer the previous campaign.
Jesus has already scored more goals from open play than Alexandre Lacazette did in 21/22, in actuality. In the second half, he also managed to pick up two assists, first setting up Martinelli to beat Ward with a shot before passing the ball to Xhaka for the Gunners' third.
3. Fofana outclassed by Martinelli
Wesley Fofana has been the subject of numerous rumours regarding his future, with the defender being connected to a record-breaking deal to Chelsea during the transfer window. Fofana was included in the Leicester squad to face Arsenal despite the fact that Thomas Tuchel's team has already made two bids and he apparently wants to leave the Foxes.
The lively Martinelli, who caused chaos for Fofana on the left side of the Gunners, though, made the £90 million man defensively suffer. The Frenchman was positioned on the right side of a back-three, but Martinelli frequently outwitted him, particularly in the opening period. Despite weaving through the Arsenal defence, Fofana came close to scoring but was stopped by Aaron Ramsdale.
4. Saliba nightmare
Despite the fact that Arsenal won, Saliba may wish to quickly forget about his own goal after heading the ball past the helpless Ramsdale. Justin assisted in the delivery of a long ball to Vardy, but Saliba elected to head it away rather than wait for Ramsdale to come and grab it.
The Arsenal goalie was powerless to stop the ball from dribbling into the goal, disappointing the team after they had kept a clean sheet against Palace on the opening day. Saliba, however, received immediate cheers and encouragement from the home crowd, indicating a gradual shift in the club's culture.
5. Clinical Gunners
At times throughout the previous season, Arsenal had a tonne of chances to score but failed to do so. In just two games at the beginning of current season, the Gunners have scored six goals.
At the front of the pitch, they are starting to take on a more polished appearance as Bukayo Saka, Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, and Jesus work effectively together throughout. Only six of the Gunners' shots against Leicester were on target, yet four of them resulted in goals. Arteta's team was very direct with the ball in their hands and appeared to be trying to score at every opportunity.
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