BPL Season 2015/2016: Leicester City 2 - 5 Arsenal
Match review by a Malaysian Gooner
After that unfair loss against Chelsea and the post-game punishment against Gabriel, the Gunners bounced back and beaten North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs in the last-16 of the Carling Cup (a.k.a. Mickey Mouse League Cup) through an unlikely brace by the always-committed and passionate Matthieu Flamini. And today, we have had the joy of watching the team defeating the unbeaten Leicester City in an awesome 7-goal match. Besides that, Chelsea dropped points against bottom-table team Newcastle United and league leaders Manchester City lost against Spurs to make the league tighter now. The title race is now back on.
The confident Leicester City weren't parking no bus, which they should've against our line-up with Theo Walcott up front, Alexis Sanchez on the left wing and Hector Bellerin on right back. But it made sense as they had extremely pacy and hardworking players too, most notably Jamie Vardy who scored a brace, and Shinji Okazaki who was supposedly fouled many times. They certainly started the game with a lot of fire, while our defence was incredibly shaky. We were sloppy, keep losing possession, Alexis was getting double-teamed as soon as he touched the ball, and Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil were overly hesitant to shoot the ball during great chances. If Leicester weren't unlucky to have hit the bar and post, the scoreline would've been very different as they've definitely beaten Petr Cech more than just once. Perhaps we were just missing Francis Coquelin, who's injured, and Gabriel who's serving his undeserving match bans.
Our defence was poor, but our offence was fantastic. The game was very open and both teams were fast on the counter. Cech had to make a lot of saves too. Thankfully, our quality players made significant difference. For the equaliser, Theo Walcott scored a very Henry-like goal on the quick-counter from a through pass by Santi Cazorla. Alexis ended his worrying goal-drought from a lucky tap-in opportunity at the far post after Leicester failed to clear the ball from a cross. Everyone went to celebrate with him, which was simply a heartfelt and sincere moment.
Definitely man-of-the-match Alexis went on to score another two in the second half to complete his hat-trick. Ozil made an absolutely brilliant assist by faking his direction to make space for himself to deliver a lob-pass into the box for Alexis to run in and head in the ball. Alexis' third goal was just out of no where, which totally surprised me too, shooting from outside the box after quickly receiving a pass and cutting inward from the left. Handsome-man Olivier Giroud came in and scored a nice fifth goal for the team. We could've had more but many great built-up chances were wasted from poor finishing and slow trigger-pulling, particularly from Ramsey and Ozil.
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