After a hard fought equal match, Leicester City earned another point with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal at home. Alexis Sanchez scored his Arsenal goal in the 20th minute but Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa quickly equalized in the 22nd minute. Injuries continue to effect Arsenal, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injured his calf later in the game and Mesut Ozil sustained an ankle injury as well.
Wojciech Szczesny – 6
Szczesny had a solid game for Arsenal today. Despite not having much to do, when he was called upon and commanded the box well. He also made a great save from a Jamie Vardy shot in the second half that probably earned Arsenal a point.
Mathieu Debuchy – 6
The Frenchman has impressed Arsenal fans with his great defensive work and attacking prowess, however he looked a little subdued today. Maybe it was the quality of Leicester City’s left back and left winger or maybe he just wasn’t connecting with those in front of him very well but he wasn’t as effective as he has been.
Mertesacker – 6
Mertesacker is an important presence in the Arsenal back four, as he reads the ball very well which makes up for his lack of pace. While most of the time he swept up the ball well he made some mistakes today, especially when Koscielny came off. It’s difficult for Mertesacker to do what Laurent does because he hasn’t got the pace to get there and often gets found out because of it, which was the case in today’s game.
Koscielny – 6
Although he looked good at the start of the game, Koscielny didn’t really get a chance to put his stamp on the game as he was subbed in the first half.. He suffered a head injury when he butted skulls with Leicester City’s Schlupp and wasn’t the since that moment. He must’ve suffered a concussion as he was at direct fault for the goal that got Leicester the point.
Monreal – 6
Decent showing from Monreal today. He completed his defensive without too much fuss and even got up the pitch on occasion. However, when he did get the opportunity to cross the ball into the box it wasn’t very good.
Flamini – 7
Flamini might not be the defensive midfielder Arsenal fans are crying out for but he’s the one they have and in this game he showed that he can still boss a game in midfield. The Frenchman was a constant pain for Leicester players as the scurried around, nipping at the heels of the boys in blue. He certainly has his flaws but he’s got enough bite to make up for it.
Ramsey – 5
Not a great game from the Welshman as he was unable to impose his onto the game. Arsenal fans have become so used to seeing him make his fantastic runs into the box and scoring goals however he simply didn’t have it in him today.
Cazorla – 6
Cazorla played very well today, passing the ball accurately, creating chances, but most importantly, doing his defensive duties. Although some of them could be considered to be ‘heart in mouth’ moments, he was able to wriggle away from challenges outside of his box and pass it onto a player in a good position. That deserves kudos.
Ozil – 5
Another poor game for Ozil today. I’m not sure if it’s a loss of form, whether or not he can handle the Premier League or simply because Arsene Wenger is not playing in the right position because Arsenal fans have yet to see the real Mesut Ozil play for them and it’s starting to become an enigma as to why.
His passing was poor, he wasn’t making the right runs to receive the ball and his first touch was barely there. I still believe that if you give him a world class striker (more on that in a minute) to work with then he can be dangerous. Until then, he’s wasting away.
Alexis – 7
Despite looking tired after an exhausting game against Besiktas on Wednesday night, Alexis managed to add to his goal tally for the season with the opening goal of the game after tapping in a cross-shot from Yaya Sanogo.
He drove towards the box was conviction and he battled for the ball well relentlessly. It would’ve been nice if he managed to score another goal, but it’s hard to blame him when the service was poor in the first place.
Sanogo – 4
This was supposed to be the game where Yaya Sanogo proved to the Arsenal management and the fans that they don’t need to go out and buy a striker. Sadly, he failed miserably.
His striking was mindbogglingly terrible, he could barely bring in any of the players around him in and when he did manage to do it and assist the Alexis goal, it was because he wasn’t sure if he should or pass the ball – it was a mistake and he made runs that probably made Ozil want to clock his eye balls out.
With Giroud sidelined until the end of the year and Theo Walcott injury about as injury prone as Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal need another striker. And that’s not Sanogo.
Chambers – 6
Did good to replace Koscielny. Rushed in a bit sometimes but played well most of the time.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6
Made some decent runs, but he didn’t have enough time to make a real impact.
Podolski – 6
Probably deserved more time on the pitch than he got and he wasn’t able to make an impact with the amount of time that he had
Kasper Schmeichel – 6
Schmeichel probably should’ve done better with the goal but otherwise Arsenal’s lack of real threatening attempts on goal and his defender’s solid work made it a quiet night for the Dane.
Ritchie De Laet – 7
De Laet had a impressive game tonight, subduing anyone who drifted onto the right wing but also providing a threat of his own with some lovely runs and 1,2’s Riyad Mahrez and David Nugent.
Wes Morgan – 8
The Leicester City captain was an absolute rock at the heart of the defence today. He dealt with Sanogo almost effortlessly and was willing to throw himself in front of the ball at all times. An inspiring performance from the Jamaican centre back.
Liam Moore – 7
Moore seems to have created a good understanding with Morgan as he’s able to read the game well and cover him if he’s ever left standing. Although he didn’t have to do that too much tonight, he did do his job without too much fuss and good defensive awareness and that was important to see for Leicester fans.
Paul Konchesky – 6
You know what you’re going to get from Paul Konchesky at this point, no-nonense, textbook defending and the odd run into the opponent’s box. He did that tonight and was very good at it but he didn’t do anything too special.
Riyad Mahrez – 7
The pace and power of Mahrez provided and interesting threat to the right flank of Leicester’s attack. He linked up well with Ritchie De Laet and really kept Nacho Monreal on his toes throughout the game.
Andy King – 6
King wasn’t very noticeable in the midfield tonight. With the likes of Ozil, Ramsey and Cazorla hanging around the middle of the park, he had to do a lot of chasing around and trying to get the ball back.
Dean Hammond – 6
Much like his midfield partner Hammond’s main focus was trying to win the ball back in the midfield and he didn’t do too bad of a job tonight in doing that. Could’ve been a little more adventurous but showed good discipline in staying tonight to Arsenal’s central players.
Jeff Schlupp – 7
One of the reason’s for Debuchy’s subdued performance was this man, Jeff Schlupp. He had brilliant pace and strength and he whipped in a lovely ball for the goal. His end-product could certainly do with a little bit of work but he’s got the raw skills to become a tricky player and he showed that today.
David Nugent – 6
Didn’t quite get into the game as much as he hoped he was but Nugent was able to make some very good passes to teammates when it most counted. He’d probably wanted to make more of an impact with shots though.
Leonardo Ulloa – 8 (Man of the Match)
Leonardo Ulloa really gave the Arsenal back four some trouble today. He’s great in the air as we saw with his goal and he’s got good feet for a big man too. He could’ve made it two goals and if he wasn’t absolutely shattered he probably would’ve.
Danny Drinkwater – 6
Decent showing from Drinkwater as he managed to crack off a decent shot that Szczesny comfortably saved.
Jamie Vardy – 6
Good introduction to the Premier League from Vardy. Nearly snatched the winner with a nice shot but Szczesny made a good save to stop it from going in.
Marc Albrighton – 6
Came on in the second half and looked to get into the game but wasn’t able to make much of an impact.