Player Ratings: Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal

Arsenal looked blunt in attack during their first away game of the season but put in an impressive defensive display to keep the Premier League champions at bay. Who was their star man?


Petr CECH: 7

Whilst the Arsenal goalkeeper had little to do in the way of shot-stopping throughout the game, he was a solid presence from start to finish. Leicester only had one shot on target all game but Cech did well to stop it as he positioned himself well to save Riyad Mahrez’s close-range effort right at the end.

Hector BELLERIN: 7

The Spanish full-back improved on his poor display in the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool last week and often found himself in dangerous positions when attacking, but he was lucky to have not conceded a penalty late on after he collided with Ahmed Musa in the penalty area.

Rob HOLDING: 7

The new signing from Bolton Wanderers suffered something of a baptism of fire against Liverpool last week, but with a more experienced defensive partner alongside him against Leicester he looked much more comfortable and performed solidly for the most part.

Laurent KOSCIELNY: 9 – MOTM

After seeing their side ship four goals last week, Arsenal fans would have been delighted to see the Frenchman back in the starting line-up and with good reason. Koscielny was the best defender on the pitch as Arsenal restricted Leicester to only one shot on target and he did a stellar job of keeping Jamie Vardy quiet for most of the game. Undoubtedly the shining light from this game.

Nacho MONREAL: 8

Against Liverpool last weekend, Monreal put in an uncharacteristically shaky display as his side were torn apart in the second half but he was back to his best year, restricting the influence Riyad Mahrez had on the game whilst making a number of important interceptions and clearances.

Francis COQUELIN: 7

The dynamic midfielder made a number of superb tackles throughout the game as Arsenal did a good of dominating the midfield for most of the game, but Coquelin can still count himself incredibly lucky that he didn’t get second off for a second bookable offence in the second half.

Grani XHAKA: 7

The Swiss midfielder came on last week with his new side trailing and put in a pretty awful display, picking up a yellow card and making numerous fouls in his short stint on the pitch, but here he looked far more assured as he went about his business in an effective manner. He and Coquelin looked solid together in the middle of the park.

Theo WALCOTT: 5

Another frustrating afternoon for the unpopular forward as he struggled to make an impact on the game. The Leicester defence did a good job of nullifying the threat his pace can pose and his poor chip into the gloves of Kasper Schmeichel late on summed up his day.

Santi CAZORLA: 5

The diminutive playmaker came on against Liverpool last week and bagged himself two assists but he was nowhere near as effective here, with much of the game passing him by. Perhaps the achilles injury that has troubled him of late is still a lingering issue.

Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: 6

He scored a superb solo goal after coming on as a substitute last week but Oxlade-Chamberlain was unable to make a real impact here aside from a decent shot and a few nice runs. He’ll be disappointed not to have made more of an impression here.

Alexis SANCHEZ: 4

Another game where Alexis Sanchez has been used as a striker and another where it simply hasn’t worked, with the Chilean looking a shadow of the player we all know he can be. Frustrated with a lack of service up top, he consistently dropped deep to try and get involved but despite scoring a hat-trick in this fixture last season, today he barely got a sniff.

SUBSTITUTES

Jack WILSHERE (on 73): 7

After picking up an injury in pre-season, Arsenal fans will be delighted to see the England midfield back playing for the club and he looked bright in his brief cameo here as his passing in particular looked sharp.

Mesut OZIL (on 73): 7

Arsenal’s star man didn’t feature at all in pre-season but his side looked buoyed as soon as he came onto the pitch, with a superb nutmeg on the sideline beating Christian Fuchs early on and delighting fans. His movement and passing made Arsenal look more dangerous when he was involved and if he had had more time he might’ve been able to contribute to a winning goal.

Olivier GIROUD (on 78): N/A

He had little time to make any real impact as Arsenal’s wide players bafflingly decided to stop hitting crosses in to the box after he was introduced. He’ll been keen to start next week against Watford.

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