It has been a frenetic start to the English Premier League and just like last season, it is Arsenal that are starring in another opening day seven-goal thriller, however unlike last season’s opener against Liverpool. Arsenal are the ones that run out victorious this time against Leicester at the Emirates Stadium. If this start is anything to go by, we are in for an explosive season.
PLAYER RATINGS: ARSENAL
Petr Cech – 4/10
Petr Cech had a pretty poor showing today but seemed jittery on too many occasions particularly when he ran out of his penalty box unnecessarily to force a clearance from an incoming Jamie Vardy attack. He was particularly helpless for all of Leicester’s three goals, particularly for Vardy’s goals which he could have done more to prevent.
Rob Holding – 5/10
Holding had a nervy start to the match and looked less than confident at the start of the game, he settled in as the game wore on. Pretty decent performance but nhis effort was not as solid as Koscienly or Mustafi would have put in
Sead Kolasinac – 7/10
The summer signing is proving to be an explosive capture by Arsene Wenger, but putting in a rock-solid performance on both ends of the pitch and toppling a good debut performance during last week’s Community Shield against Chelsea. Kolasinac provided an assist for Danny Welbeck at one end of the speech, and at the other end he proved to be rock solid during the times he was called into action.
Naxto Monreal – 5/10
The 3-4-3 formation has proved to be a revelation for Monreal but this time out, although he did not really do much defensively today, he struggled to cope with Jamie Vardy defensively.
Hector Bellerin – 6/10
Bellerin had an explosive game, always getting forward and causing problems for the Leicester defense
Eleny – 6/10
He provided the assist for Lacazette’s opener and looked really lively in the first half. Did not have any impact in the few second half minutes he featured in
Xhaka – 6/10
He had a rocky start to the game but proved to be pivotal, providing two assists that help shift the game to Arsenal’s favour.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7/10
0xlade-Chamberlain has been getting a lot of media attention lately particularly because of Chelsea’s transfer interest and if his last performances are anything to go by, the attention in undoubtedly justified. He was solid defensively and showed a lot of attacking intent, wonderful all-round performance.
Mesut Ozil – 5/10
Ozil put in a decent showing but failed to threaten attack wise and was largely absent from the match, except for when he handled the ball and then got a corner for Arsenal from it, from which the Ramsey goal was scored.
Danny Welbeck – 6/10
Welbeck had a good game, grabbing a precious equalizer and few glances of sharpness in front of goal.
Lacazette – 6/10
What a premier league debut for Lacazette, it took him just 82 seconds to get on the scoresheet and he looked particularly sharp in front of goal causing many problems for Shakespeare’s men.
PLAYER RATINGS: LEICESTER
Kasper Schmeichel – 7/10
He made some pretty good saves, keeping his side’s hopes alive in the match, and duly did his job
Danny Simpson – 5/10
A solid and energetic display from Simpson. Tried to shut down Chamberlain but his efforts were futile.
Morgan – 6/10
Morgan put in a resilient performance and did what was asked of him, but couldn’t cope with the barrage of Arsenal attacks
Maguire – 5/10
He played a vital role in Leicester’s first goal but put on a shoddy display defensively at times.
Fuchs – 6/10
Fuchs proved to be a solid match-up for Bellerin, he did job defensively and put in a disciplined performance.
Mahrez – 7/10
He showed flashes of the Mahrez that inspired Leicester’s title winning campaign, and bagged an assist. He proved to be a prominent threat to the Arsenal defense and displayed glimpses of his efficient partnership with Vardy
Ndidi – 6/10
He put in a tireless performance and did what was expected of him. Didn’t offer any presence going forward.
James – 5/10
He was missing for a vast part of the match, and did not really have any impact on the game
Albrighton – 7/10
He put in a topnotch performance, and delivered superb crosses into the box for Leicester’s first two goals.
Okazaki – 6/10
He showed his tireless work ethic again today and scored Leicester’s equalizing goal from sheer determination
Vardy – 7/10
Vardy was the record- breaking Vardy of the 2015/2016 season. He proved too hard to contain for the Arsenal defense and scored a brace. Brilliant performance.
Article by Jimmy, @Jimdfirst