Leicester City racked up their fifth league win a row as they delivered a convincing victory over a woeful Arsenal side at the King Power.
The Foxes laid down their top-four credentials in glaring technicolour with a display that was full of guile, hunger and creativity whilst their opponents sank into another abject showing, which leaves them marooned outside the top four and looking some way off reclaiming their place amongst the elite.
Goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison were enough to deliver a big win Brendan Rodgers side. Here’s how the player’s rated.
Schmeichel – 7
A surprisingly comfortable night for the Dane. Despite the downpour, his handling was solid and he looked a lot more imposing and convincing than his opposite number,
Lively and willing to bomb on all night, the full-back gave his side an out ball in the first-half and showed good distribution from the flank. His cute cut back to Ndidi should have resulted in the first goal early in the second half.
Evans – 7
The former Manchester United man put in another reliable shift as he helped repel some dangerous Arsenal counter-attacks. Like his defensive partner, Evans got on with his task without bluster and really got his basics spot on. A very solid defender to have in the ranks.
Soyuncu – 7
Another solid display by the young Turkish defender. Soyuncu looked comfortable on the ball and fulfilled his defensive duties without fuss. Unlucky not to win a penalty for his side early on after a pull on his shoulder in the box.
The young full-back had a decent night but was not as potent going forward on the left as he has been in previous weeks. His work rate was excellent though and he looked defensively sound all night.
Ndidi – 7
Another solid displayed by Leicester’s holding midfielder. He should have buried his chance after Ricardo’s cut back but his influence grew during the second half and he did very well in the build-up for the second goal, playing Vardy in with a tidy ball.
Wilfred Ndidi’s game by numbers vs. Arsenal:
100% final third pass accuracy
90% pass accuracy
7/10 tackles won – most on the pitch
5 ball recoveries
3 successful take-ons
0 goals conceded
Such a vital player for Leicester. 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/9l7F5qjywM
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 9, 2019
The Spaniard looked a threat in the final third and showed some really good flashes of link-up play with Vardy. He cut two excellent balls across the face of goal in the first half which his teammates should have done better with. A little unlucky to be hooked on the hour mark.
Tielemans – 7
The Belgian oozed class as he helped the Foxes turn the screw in midifed. His ball through to Vardy for the opener was perfect and he played with great energy and creativity as the home side bossed proceedings at the King Power. His mobility and link-up play was superb as he glided through Arsenal’s static defensive lines.
Jamie Vardy on Youri Tielemans & Maddison
🗣"The creativity we have in the side really benefits the team" pic.twitter.com/UidSBfMTor
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 9, 2019
Another midfielder who found more joy in the second half, Maddison looked the part once again for the Foxes. The 22-year-old played some lovely one touch football in the final third and took his goal superbly, guiding an accomplished, arrowed finish into the corner.
Barnes – 6
The youngster grew in to the game after struggling to make an impact in the first half. A congested midfield crowded the 21-year-old out, but he looked more threatening as the match opened up after the interval, his final ball was often lacking but he played his part in the opening goal with a cheeky backheel through to Tielemans. A good learning day for the youngster.
Vardy 9 (MOTM)
The fan’s favourite was enduring a subdued evening before he burst into life in the final 25 minutes. He took his goal with a smart, sweeping finish after Tielemans fed him a wonderful low cross. Vardy then turned provider as he teed up Maddison for the second goal. All action stuff as we’ve come to expect from Leicester’s number nine.
Jamie Vardy has now scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal (9) than Didier Drogba. 😱 pic.twitter.com/aFrPLMsawy
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 9, 2019
Gray – 7
Looked hungry coming off the bench and fizzed a few shots in as the home side waltzed to victory
Praet – 7
Kept possession well after his introduction.
Not at fault for either goal, his handling was okay in poor conditions, but lacked authority and failed to command his area once again.
Part of Arsenal’s defensive line that was bullied and torn apart in the second half. He did well in the first half to put Vardy off at the far post but faded dramatically after that.
87 – Arsenal have won 87 points in their 50 Premier League games under Unai Emery (W25 D12 L13) – one fewer than they managed in their final 50 under Arsene Wenger (W27 D7 L16). Regression. pic.twitter.com/jAfA0dzuIj
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 9, 2019
David Luiz 4
Another low key display from Luiz who continues to wade in mediocrity despite his extensive experience. Won a few aerial tussles but you have to expect so much more from your centre-back and he just isn’t delivering at the moment for the Gunners.
Holding – 4
Decent first-half showing as the visitors did well to contain their lively hosts, but was too often left chasing shadows in the second-half as the Foxes clicked into gear. Holding has a great attitude but Arsenal simply need more quality at the moment.
Bellerin – 5
The Spaniard looked a little rusty in the opening exchanges but eventually got forward with purpose as he always does. He almost got a shot in after being played in by Lacazette but was crowded out. Not at fault for the goals but not exactly a solid shift at full-back either.
Part of the great Gunners midfield disappearing act in the second half. He lacked composure and was a little rash in the first half, giving away a freekick in a key area on the edge of the box. Played at near walking pace at times which is totally unacceptable.
Guendouzi – 5
Did okay and put in a bit more elbow grease than some of his other midfield colleagues. Lucky to get away with a lazy arm on the shoulder of Soyuncu in the first half. He lost the run of Tielemans for the first goal after being caught ball watching.
The legendary Tony Adams at his best here! pic.twitter.com/h1KuPjnJ1h
— DAVID JONES (@DavidJonesSky) November 9, 2019
Kolasinac – 5
A solid shift in the first-half as Arsenal parked the bus to keep Leicester at bay. He did well to match Ricardo on a couple of occasions as the full-back darted forward. Another player though who offered little in terms of response as his side fell behind.
Ozil – 3
For a player with so much ability, Ozil’s display really did fall very flat. He linked up well enough with some of Arsenal’s tidy counter attacks in the first-half but was anonymous in the second period. Maybe it was too rainy for him, who knows.
Unai Emery on Arsenal's confidence
🗣"The attitude was good, This is the spirit we need" pic.twitter.com/RACGskglF9
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 9, 2019
Lacazette – 5
The Frenchman did well in the first-half and once again, his link-up play with Aubameyang looked like it could cause the home side some issues. He was starved of the ball for much of the action after the interval.
Aubameyang – 6
Aubameyang remains, by far, Arsenal’s most important player. He had the ball in the back of net during a lively spell just after the break, but had the goal chalked off by VAR in a rare, correct call. His one-touch play was tidy all night, if ultimately fruitless for the Gabon international.
Pepe – 3
Looked well off the pace after entering the fray late on.
Willock – N/A