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Schmeichel And Vardy Get 8 | Leicester City Players Rated In Hard-Fought Draw Vs Arsenal

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Leicester City locked horns with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this evening hoping to pick up a positive result on the road. The Foxes suffered an early setback in the 21st minute when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for the Gunners from close range. Brendan Rodgers’ men went into the half-time break a goal behind, but with everything to play for in the second half.

The East Midlands outfit kept pushing in search of an equaliser and got a fortunate break when Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah was sent off for a reckless challenge. The away side made their numerical advantage count as they finally managed to net the equaliser via Jamie Vardy’s finish in the 84th minute. Despite a late push from Leicester, the contest ended honours even with both teams sharing the spoils after playing out a 1-1 draw at North London.

Let’s take a look at how each Leicester player fared during the match versus the Gunners.

GK: Kasper Schmeichel – 8/10

The Danish keeper pulled off several fantastic saves to keep his side in the game. If it weren’t for him, Leicester would have definitely lost this match.

CB: Caglar Soyuncu – 5/10

The Turkish defender was mainly to blame for not doing better in the lead-up to Aubameyang’s goal in the first half. Rodgers will be disappointed with his performance today.

CB: Jonny Evans – 5.5/10

The Foxes centre-back managed to keep Alexandre Lacazette quiet during the game. However, he looked uncomfortable in defence and struggled to cope with the intensity of the Arsenal attackers.

CB: Ryan Bennett – 6/10

He was a bit over the top at times with his attempted tackles but was otherwise, solid in the defensive end of the field.

Leicester City Players Rated In Hard-Fought Draw Vs Arsenal (Leicester players seen in action in the picture)
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City clears the ball from a corner kick during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on July 07, 2020, in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

LWB: Marc Albrighton – 5/10

Albrighton looked completely out of place while operating as a makeshift left wing-back. Playing him in that position was a gamble that backfired for Rodgers.

CM: Youri Tielemans – 6.5/10

The Leicester playmaker retained possession well in midfield but struggled to create too many chances going forward.

CM: Wilfred Ndidi – 6/10

The Nigerian midfield ace should have done better to chase down Dani Ceballos in the lead-up to Arsenal’s opener. However, he was a strong presence at the centre of the park and did enough to restrict the Gunners from scoring in the second 45 minutes.

RWB: James Justin – 6.5/10

He enjoyed his battle with Kieran Tierney out on the wide areas. Justin was always willing to get forward and put in a tireless shift down the right flank.

CAM: Ayoze Perez – 5/10

The ex-Newcastle United attacker orchestrated just one decent chance during the game. He was otherwise very quiet and failed to give a good account of himself in the opposition half.

ST: Jamie Vardy – 8/10

The English centre-forward was a constant menace for the Gunners defenders. He created a few chances to score but made amends later in the game when he popped up with the equaliser which was enough to rescue a point for his team.

ST: Kelechi Iheanacho – 6/10

He was not shy of putting in a tireless shift but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.


LM: Harvey Barnes – 6/10

He added some fresh energy to the Leicester attack and had a few bright moments in the opposition half.

LWB: Christian Fuchs – 6/10

He looked far more comfortable than Albrighton on the left flank.

RM: Demarai Gray – 7/10

The English winger came off the bench to set-up Jamie Vardy’s equaliser.

CM: Dennis Praet – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

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