Lacazette MotM Player Ratings v Leicester
By Matty Sadler
August 12 2017
What a game to kick the season off! We started the first half well and took the lead through a fantastic Lacazette header, but our makeshift defence and unbalanced team soon cost us as the Gunners were all over the place and essentially gave away two cheap goals to Leicester, but equalised on the stroke of half time when Kolasinac squared the ball for Welbeck to tap in. Arsenal didn't make a great start to the second half and went behind again when Vardy headed in from a corner.
Wenger made the right substitutions though, throwing on Ramsey and Giroud to great effect. Ramsey took his equaliser excellently before Giroud won the match with an excellent header.
Long term though, a lot to be concerned about really. We were all over the place for most of the match and won't be able to ride our luck like that every week, that's for certain. Wenger got away with one here.
Cech - 6. At fault for the first goal, but made up for it later on.
Holding - 4. Felt really bad for him.
Monreal - 6. Did a job but really not a central defender.
Kolasinac - 7. Love him. Strong, mobile, good going forward. Got an assist. Want him at LWB though.
Bellerin - 5. Better when switched to left back but poor overall.
Xhaka - 6. Struggled with the pace at times in the first half, giving the ball away for Leicester's second goal, but settled in the second. Great assist for Ramsey's goal.
Elneny - 6. Nice assist early on but he was playing as our B2B midfielder and he just doesn't offer enough in the final third.
Oxlade-Chamberlain - 6. Tried getting forward down the left but came to nothing. Better when switched to right back.
Ozil - 5. Ran his socks off but was in and out of the game.
Lacazette - 8. Man of the Match. Great header for his goal, good link-up play, particularly with Welbeck, good touches, great feet and some quality touches when he was moved onto the left.
Welbeck - 7. One of the few highlights of the first half. Scored, worked hard, linked up with Lacazette well. Little impact on the second half.
Ramsey - 7. Instant impact. Changed the game. Gave us another much needed dimension in the final third.
Giroud - 6. Match winner (great header by the way). Gave us more of a presence upfront.
Walcott - N/A. Not on long, but shouldn't have got caught offside.
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