Ceballos Disappoints With A 5/10, Saka Gets 6 | Arsenal Players Rated In Defeat To Leicester City

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal Lineup Vs Molde - Laca to lead the line.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal looks dejected after conceding their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Will Oliver - Pool/Getty Images)

Arsenal suffered their first league loss at home since December 2019 as they fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City. The Gunners were the better side in the first-half but were completely dominated in the second, as substitute Jamie Vardy’s goal in the 80th minute turned out to be the main difference between the two sides.

Arsenal Player Ratings Vs Leicester City

Bernd Leno 6/10

Bernd Leno didn’t have anything to do in the entire game as Leicester City barely provided any threat to his goal. But, the German was helpless in stopping Jamie Vardy’s winner, thanks to a great run and cross from Cengiz Under.

Hector Bellerin 6.5/10

It was a mixed evening for Hector Bellerin, who showed a lot of promise going forward. Defensively, the Spaniard was lucky to get away with a potential second yellow card for a foul on James Justin.

David Luiz 7/10

David Luiz was given a lot of time on the ball, so he managed to come up with two exceptional diagonal balls that helped Arsenal initiate an attack on Leicester City. Picked up an injury early in the second half, unfortunately.

Gabriel Magalhaes 5/10

Gabriel Magalhaes didn’t have the best of games this evening. His passing looked off compared to most games, and the Brazilian may have done a better job in keeping check of Under for the Leicester City goal. Did make a late challenge to deny Vardy, though.

Kieran Tierney 6.5/10

Kieran Tierney was a useful outlet for Arsenal going forward in the first-half, providing two exceptional crosses into the box. His influence, however, faded in the second half as he was eventually taken off during the final phase of the game.

Dani Ceballos 5/10

Dani Ceballos had a bad day at the office against the Foxes. He looked clumsy with his passes, giving the ball away multiple times. His willingness to win back possession was also lacking.

Arsenal Player Ratings Vs Leicester City - Quiet evening for Thomas Partey.
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Thomas Partey of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020, in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Will Oliver – Pool/Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka 6/10

Granit Xhaka provided some excellent passes in the first half. However, the Swiss international failed to impose his authority as the likes of Youri Tielemans and James Maddison dominated the midfield.

Thomas Partey 6/10

A quiet evening for Thomas Partey in what was his starting debut for Arsenal in the Premier League. The Ghanaian provided the physical presence in midfield, but one could expect a bit more from the €50 million man. It is understandable, however, as the midfielder has just joined the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6.5/10

Operated oddly in the right-wing role and did create a few opening throughout the game. But, Mikel Arteta continuously deploying him in the wider attacking role is hurting the striker’s overall productivity.

Alexandre Lacazette 6/10

Alexandre Lacazette was hard-working, as ever. However, the Frenchman failed to provide quality in the number nine role.

Bukayo Saka 6/10

Following an excellent display against Manchester City, Bukayo Saka just couldn’t capitalise on his momentum. He lacked invention from the left flank, providing very little creativity to the table. He eventually made way for Nicolas Pepe midway through the second half.

SUBSTITUTES

Shkodran Mustafi 5/10

Replaced the injured Luiz minutes after the second half, returning from a long injury layoff. Completely failed to keep Vardy at bay.

Nicolas Pepe 5/10

Came on for Saka midway through the second half but didn’t provide much creativity going forward.

Eddie Nketiah N/A

A late replacement for Tierney.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.