Two second half goals ensured that Arsenal book their place in the next round of the Carabao cup.
Leicester City – 0-2 Arsenal – Christian Fuchs (57-OG), Edward Nketiah (90)
It was really a tight affair at the King Power Stadium, a game that saw just 2 goals scored after 90 minutes of football. Leicester City looking to build on their early season form, with 3 wins from 3 games so far in this new season, against an Arsenal team that are continuing their boosted morale from Last season. The two teams made subtle changes to their starting Lineup, with Leicester City calling on Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs to partner at the center of defense, with Kelechi Iheanacho leading the line from the attack. Arsenal on their own part had to change a good number of players, considering their tight run of fixtures heading into October. Only Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, and Sead Kolasinac kept their places in the starting line-up that beat West Ham United at the weekend, but they could rely on the fit-again David Luiz at the heart of Defense.
The game started with a free-flowing movement of both teams, who tested both keepers inside the opening 10 minutes, through Reiss Nelson who forced a save from Ward with a long-range shot, and Kelechi Iheanacho, who forced a neat save from Bernd Leno. It was Arsenal who went close to scoring first when Reiss Nelson, who started his first game of the season, fired a shot at the Leicester goal but the goalkeeper was on hand to punch the ball to safety. Some minutes later, Arsenal thought they had won a penalty when Bukayo Saka was fouled in the box after some tangle in the box but the referee blew for a goal kick. On the 40th minute, Maddison thought he had put the foxes ahead but his effort clipped off the post and was neatly collected by Leno.
on an encouraging victory...
I am really happy with the performance. First of all with the attitude and the way we approached the game mentally. The senior players took the lead straight away and I could see that they came here to win the game, and afterwards with the young players and the way they are developing and the way they played again tonight.
~ Mikel Arteta
The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with Leicester pushing for the opening goal but it was the Gunners who got in front first in the 57th minute through an own goal from Christian Fuchs, who put the ball into his own net after some Scrappy football from Nicholas Pepe. Moments later, Wes Morgan cleared the ball off the line from Nketiah’s lovely chip over the goalkeeper.
Arteta threw on Willian, Ceballos, and Bellerin to help see off the game. In the 90th minute, Eddie Nketiah doubled the lead for the Gunners after some neat work down the right flank by the substitute, Bellerin, who ran into the Leicester defense, beating some defenders along the way, to square the ball for Nketiah, but it was intercepted by Morgan, who slipped and allowed Nketiah to finish into the net and ensure Arsenal’s safe passage to the fourth round, where they will face either Lincoln City or Liverpool. But first, they would have to see off Liverpool in their next EPL fixture as they begin their run of very tough fixtures. Mikel Arteta has surely got work to do but it is worth noting that the confidence of the players right now is very high, especially after tonight’s victory.
Match Review by Patrick Alexander