The excitement among Gooners for the first home game of the season was really high, and Mikel Arteta’s men did not disappoint.
A brace from Gabriel Jesus and goals from Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli gave us a fairly comfortable victory in the end, and we have a lot to talk about.
5 things we learned as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-2
Gabriel Jesus masterclass
We all knew how good the Brazilian was when we signed him, but oh boy!
On his competitive home debut this afternoon, Jesus put on a show. The 25-year-old scored two and assisted the other two in what was a truly sensational performance.
If he can keep this form up, we will surely have a successful season.
Our other summer signing from Manchester City had a fantastic game too this afternoon.
Zinchenko started at left-back, but he constantly interchanged positions with Granit Xhaka. He showed how comfortable he is on the ball in the middle of the park, and it’s amazing to see how easily he has settled in.
A really impressive performance from the Ukrainian.
Xhaka ran the show
On a day when Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey both had relatively quiet games, Xhaka decided to step up.
The Swiss international was absolutely incredible in a more advanced role today. He was a constant threat moving forward, and his positioning really confused Leicester at times, who didn’t know who to mark – Xhaka or Zinchenko.
Arsenal fans are banging on about how we need a box-to-box midfielder like Youri Tielemans. The Belgian shared the pitch with our number 34 this afternoon, and we must say, Xhaka was on another level compared to the Leicester City star.
Arsenal fans back Saliba
After the highs of his debut against Crystal Palace last week, Saliba suffered a slightly embarrassing moment this afternoon – the young Frenchman put the ball in the back of his own net.
The thing we loved was how Arsenal fans quickly had his back. Saliba was applauded and cheered on right after his mistake, and there was a roar every time he touched the ball after the incident.
Our players haven’t always received this sort of support, especially after a mistake. Thankfully, things have changed, and this will surely do Saliba a world of good.
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When Saliba headed the ball into the back of his own net, many people thought Leicester were back in the game. That hope was killed after just 106 seconds.
Later, James Maddison found the net to bring the game to 3-2, and many believed that the Foxes had a chance to salvage something in the final 16 minutes of the game. Arsenal killed that again – this time after just 100 seconds.
This is exactly the kind of response we need every time we concede a goal this season.