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Arsenal v Leicester: How they rated


Petr Cech: Superb early save to keep out a close-range header from Vardy. As ever so calming at the back. 7

Hector Bellerin: Provided the cross for Walcott's equaliser and always a useful outlet for the Gunners. 7

Per Mertesacker: Stuck to his task well at the back but missed a gilt-edged chance late on. Luckily it didn't matter. 6

Laurent Koscielny: Looked to be struggling with an injury and failed to emerge for the second half. Booked. 6

Nacho Monreal: Gave away penalty for a foul on Vardy, and lucky not to concede a second after tripping Mahrez. 5

Francis Coquelin: Cut a frustrated figure in the bruising midfield battle. Threatened to lose his head at times. Booked. 6

Aaron Ramsey: Went missing in the first half but more influential as spaces appeared after the break. Booked 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Busy on his 100th Premier League appearance but final ball let him down too often. 6

Mesut Ozil: Another of the German's quieter matches until the king of the assists came good for Welbeck's winner. 7

Alexis Sanchez: Singled out for some rough treatment by Simpson and ruffled by Leicester's tough-tackling approach, but never hid. 7

Olivier Giroud: Had a goal disallowed for offside but provided the clever knockdown for Walcott's equaliser. Always a danger. 7


Calum Chambers: Slotted into Koscielny's place with minimal fuss, although the storm had passed by then. 6

Theo Walcott: Sent on to grab a goal and did just that. Excellent finish to haul Arsenal back into the match. 7

Danny Welbeck: What a return for the forgotten striker. Came up with the last-gasp goal which could define the title race. 8


Kasper Schmeichel: No chance with the goals and made a fine late reaction save from Giroud, only to be beaten at the death. 7

Danny Simpson: Dived into far too many tackles. Booked for fouling Sanchez, and stupidly tugged back Giroud moments later. Sent off. 4

Wes Morgan: Threw himself into block after block, including one from Sanchez which looked destined for the back of the net. 7

Robert Huth: More German efficiency from the centre-half. A commanding figure who got his head to everything. 7

Christian Fuchs: Unable to raid up the flanks as much as he would have liked. Lost Walcott for the equalising goal. Booked. 6

Riyad Mahrez: Not his usual influential self but still should have won a penalty after tricking Monreal. Sacrificed after Simpson's red card. 6

Danny Drinkwater: Crunching midfield challenges epitomised Leicester's approach. Crossed the line going over the ball on Ramsey, though. 7

N'Golo Kante: Non-stop performance in the centre of the park. So quick in the tackle, and superb going forward. Booked. 8

Marc Albrighton: Another all-action display in the Leicester ranks, especially in the first half. Arsenal were glad to see the back of him. 7

Shinji Okazaki: Ran himself into the ground for an hour with little reward. Barely had a sniff of goal but kept Arsenal's back four occupied. 6

Jamie Vardy: Didn't have too many chances but confidently tucked away the penalty for his 19th Premier League goal of the season. 7


Marcin Wasilewski: On as defensive reinforcement after the sending-off. Stuck to his task well. 6

Demarai Gray: Held the ball up with Leicester desperately trying to cling on for a point towards the end. 6

Andy King: Another one thrown on to play out time, but could not prevent the late heartbreak. 6


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