Arsenal vs Leicester ratings as Gunners midfield struggles in defeat to Foxes

Jamie Vardy came off the bench to extend his remarkable record against Arsenal as the Leicester forward struck a late winner to beat the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

Forward Vardy – a former Arsenal target – headed home from a cross from Cengiz Under to score his 11th goal against the Gunners in the Premier League, a tally that only Wayne Rooney has managed more than.

The Gunners thought they had taken the lead early in the match when Alexandre Lacazette headed home from a corner, only for Granit Xhaka to be judged offside in the centre of the goal.

Mikel Arteta's side then flattered to deceive for much of the match, and were punished when Vardy headed in late on.

Here are the ratings for the players.

Arsenal

Leno 6

Early wobble with his kicking, had a let-off but lacks confidence.

Bellerin 7

Booked. Excellent overlapping display, but lucky not to be sent off.

Luiz 7

His long range passing was excellent and set up chances. Went off injured.

Gabriel 6

Has been so good that it looks out of character to see him make a couple of ricks.

Tierney 7

Looks such a threat going forward as more conventional full back. Impressive.

Ceballos 5

Good set pieces, bright start but faded badly as game wore on.

Xhaka 6

Booked. Hard to work out where he was playing… Midfield? Left centre half? Average.

Partey 6

Looks so comfortable and composed. But was solid rather than dynamic.

Saka 7

Good to see him as part of front three, looks such a talent. Went off injured.

Aubameyang 6

Has now gone five Premier League games without a goal. This is a drought!

Lacazette 5

Booked. Had effort ruled out, should have taken another chance, mixed night.

Substitutes

Mustafi, for Luiz, 49 mins, 6

Pepe, for Saka, 65 mins, 6

Nketiah, for Tierney, 81 mins – n/a

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Leicester

Schmeichel 8

Looks a commanding presence in the Leicester box, a clean sheet, solid.

Fofana 7

Booked. Looks a good player, good on the ball. Gave as good as he got.

Evans 7

Booked. Brilliant, goal saving challenge to deny Bellerin. Typified his display.

Fuchs 8

Booked. Excellent defensive display. Crucial blocks and challenges.

Castagne 7

Spent his night defending rather than getting forward, showed he can do both.

Mendy 6

Hard working, tigerish midfield performance as he shielded defence.

Tielemans 7

Booked. Lovely ball over the top to start the move for the winner.

Praet 5

Always on the move, looking for the ball but just could not find right pass.

Justin 6

Looked better going forward, relied on Fuchs to cover him defensively.

Maddison 6

Booked. Neat on the ball, had a few moments as he played just behind Barnes.

Barnes 6

Played as a false nine, struggled to make an impact. Very little service to him.

Substitutes

Vardy, for Praet, 60 mins, 8

Under, for Barnes, 75 mins, 7

Albrighton, for Maddison, 85 mins, n/z

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