Gabriel Jesus stars again as Arsenal beat Leicester to maintain 100% Premier League record
Arsenal made it two wins from two Premier League games on Saturday when they defeated Leicester City 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium. Former Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus scored twice as he inspired his new teammates to three points, with Leicester City struggling to impose themselves until later on in the game.
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Leicester thought they had a chance to get one back when Aaron Ramsdale appeared to collide with Jamie Vardy, but a VAR review overturned the penalty.
In the second half, a William Saliba own goal gave Leicester hope for two minutes before Granit Xhaka seized on a Ward error to score. Ramsdale’s poor save allowed James Maddison to score only for another swift response, this time from Gabriel Martinelli.
The win maintains Arsenal’s 100 percent record while Brendan Rodgers’ men have just one point.
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Gabriel Jesus takes the headlines as the star performer with two goals, but Oleksandr Zinchenko’s efforts on and off the ball make their left-hand side so much stronger.
He may have suffered for his versatility under Pep Guardiola but with competition from Kieran Tierney he may end up playing higher up on the left and helping Arsenal develop.
Arsenal's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 13, 2022
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Last season saw Arsenal fall away at the business end of the season but with Jesus and Zinchenko’s experience, they could be calmer and better this time around.
Player of the match - Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)
Jesus needed to move with Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland arriving at the Etihad and moving to Arsenal looked like a step down. It very probably is, but he is young enough to continue improving and seems to have thrived early into his move as more responsibility is placed upon him.
Arsenal: Ramsdale 6, White 6, Saliba 6, Zinchenko 8, Partey 6, Xhaka 7, Saka 7, Odegaard 6, Martinelli 7, Jesus 8. Subs: Tierney 6, Tomiyasu 6, Smith Rowe 6, Nketiah 6.