Gabriel Jesus opened his account for Arsenal with a first half brace as the Gunners defeated Leicester City 4-2 at the Emirates.
As predicted, Mikel Arteta retained the same starting XI that defeated Crystal Palace last week. Emile Smith Rowe & Tomiyasu mad the bench after missing the season opener on the sidelines.
Arsenal opened scoring in the 23rd minute after Granit Xhaka laid the ball for Gabriel Jesus to place beyond Ward in goal for Leicester. The Gunners were enjoying themselves with very good exchange of passes at it was no surprise they took the lead.
In the 35th minute, Gabriel Martinelli’s corner kick was flicked on by Jamie Vardy for Jesus to nod home. 2-0 to the Arsenal.
There was a scary moment when the referee awarded a penalty after Jamie Vardy dived. Thanks to the VAR, the decision was overruled.
In the second half, William Saliba’s unfortunate own goal gave the Foxes a lifeline but in 1:45mins, Granit Xhaka made it 3-1. Ward couldn’t handle a catch well, Gabriel Jesus stole the ball and Xhaka placed home.
That Granit Xhaka goal was always coming after he made it to the box in few occasions of the first half. City made it 3-2 after Madison latched unto Iheanacho’s reverse pass to drill past Ramsdale.
Yet again the Gunners responded and Gabriel Jesus was involved – again. No, it wasn’t his hattrick but he found Gabriel Martinelli who won the ball earlier. Martinelli’s left footed shot slipped beyond Ward for 4-2.
Jesus missed the opportunity to register a perfect hattrick as his left footed shot hit the side net. He was left longer to get his third goal but was subbed off in the 84th minute for Eddie Nketiah.
Tomiyasu, Tierney and Smith Rowe came in as subs for White, Zinchenko and Jesus. That steadied the ship as Arsenal made it two wins in two.
Arsenal made the right decision having Jesus and Zinchenko in the team. Congratulations to Martinelli, he truly deserved a goal today. Odegaard and Saka were relatively quiet but Xhaka must be enjoying his advanced related role.
Saliba’s own goal may have had his crest fallen but the Frenchman put in a good shift. His friend Fofana didn’t have the best of games on the other end.
Up Next is Bournemouth on Saturday.
Prediction result: XI – 100%, Jesus Goal – 100%, Scoreline – 50%