Goals: Leicester – Arsenal – Played on 02/25/ 2023
Arsenal temporarily moved away from the lead in the English Premier League, by 5 points, from pursuing Manchester City, after defeating its host Leicester City (1-0) on Saturday evening, in the 25th round.
Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli scored the only goal of the match in the 46th minute.
With this victory, Arsenal’s balance rose to 57 points, 5 points ahead of Manchester City, who will play later against Bournemouth in the same round.
Arsenal wanted to surprise its host quickly, as Xhaka passed the ball to Odegaard, who placed it on his chest before shooting wide in the first minute.
Leicester responded in the 11th minute, when Tite made his way down the right flank and tried to round Magalhaes before disposing of the ball, but the Brazilian defender spoiled his attack.
Zinchenko passed to Trossard, whose shot rebounded from defender Weiss in the 12th minute, then Martinelli received the ball from Trossard, to try to lift it towards the unmarked Saka, who lifted the ball in front of the goal without reaching it in the 16th minute.
Saka fired a shot over Leicester’s goal in the 18th minute, and Arsenal scored a goal in the 26th minute, via a perfect shot from Trossard, but Ham canceled it with the help of video technology, due to the goalkeeper being obstructed by Ben White.
Likewise, the referee canceled a goal in favor of Leicester City, scored by Nigerian Iheanacho, but this time due to an offside case in the 31st minute.
The remaining minutes of the first half passed, without real chances from both teams, with Martinelli’s shot wide of Leicester’s goal in the 42nd minute.
In the first minute of the second half, Arsenal took the lead, when Trossard passed a smart ball toward Martinelli, who shot with his right out of reach of the goalkeeper.
Leicester almost equalized in the 51st minute, when Barnes got rid of White on the left wing, before directing a ball that passed everyone, but Tite failed to follow it in front of the goal.
Saka scored a goal in the 55th minute when he received a pass on a golden plate from Martinelli to follow it into an empty goal, but the line referee flag revealed an offside.
Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward excelled in blocking a powerful shot from Zinchenko, following a pass from Saka in the 58th minute.
Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans entered the Leicester squad instead of Iheanacho and Tite, and Arsenal responded by involving Nketiah in place of Trossard in the 70th minute.
Odegaard was confused the moment he hit the ball after a pass from 72, and Dusbury Hull almost surprised Arsenal with a ball that was supposed to go to Vardy, but it posed a threat to the London team’s goal before it went away in the 81st minute, while the last minutes did not result in anything new.