Arsenal claimed another impressive away win to remain at the top of the league, while Manchester City also secured a victory
|Gabriel Martinelli rolls the ball home to hand Arsenal an important win away at Leicester City on Saturday. The game ended 1-0 in favor of the Visitors. (Photo credit: Arsenal.com)|
Arsenal recorded another impressive away win to keep the top spot in the Premier League after a 1-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday.
The Gunners rotated their frontline, with striker Eddie Nketiah starting from the bench while Leandro Trossard kept his place in the starting lineup to complete a trio with red-hot Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
Leicester couldn’t count on James Madison due to illness, and Nampalys Mendy made way for captain of the day Wilfred Ndidi.
Alex Zinchenko was given the armband by Arsenal to mark the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The first half was roundly dominated by Arsenal, but neither side had any legitimate effort on goal.
Trossard’s goal deep into the half was rightly chalked off after a VAR review, with replays showing Ben White holding the hand of the goalkeeper in the buildup.
Arsenal took a well-deserved lead just a minute into the second half.
Gabriel Martinelli raced through off a Trossard pass and rolled the ball past Joel Ward in the Leicester goal; it was his second in as many games for the league leaders.
The Gunners had another goal chalked off not long after.
Martinelli set up Bukayo Saka, who tapped into an empty net, but again, it was ruled out for offside.
The Foxes grew into the game, but Arsenal locked things up with Thomas Partey getting some minutes after being out for three games.
Manchester City responded not long after Arsenal played with a 4-1 humiliation of Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cityzens have a 100% record against Gary O’Neil’s side, and it didn’t take long for things to start ticking.
Julian Alvarez tapped home after Erling Haaland’s effort cannoned off the crossbar.
The Norwegian got his goal moments later from a similar spot, tapping home from a neatly worked assist from Phil Foden, who seems to be back in the good books of Pep Guardiola.
The England youngster got his goal not long afterwards, however, as he made it three, and three became four in the second half when Alvarez’s effort was deflected home by Chris Mepham; that means the three players that scored all assisted.
City stays two points behind Arsenal on the road, and the Gunners can extend that by beating Everton on Wednesday as they play their outstanding game.