Leicester 0-1 Arsenal: What was the main talk as Arsenal extended their stay at the top of the Premier League table?

    Facing another major showdown on Saturday afternoon, Arsenal triumphed 1-0 over Leicester and the Gunners kept their two-point buffer at the top of the Premier League table.

    With another professional showing outside of north London, it was Gabriel Martinelli who emerged victorious as the 21-year-old put in smart finishing seconds after halftime.

    While Mikel Arteta’s side may have been left disappointed midway through the first half as Leandro Trossar’s miracle goal was ruled out due to an alleged foul on Danny Ward, Arsenal once again underlined their title credits.

    By extending their stay at the top of the Premier League table and not having to shift to second gear for big spells, the Gunners have also increased the pressure on the fickle Leicester team.

    As the Foxes prepare for a single shot on goal, Saturday’s hosts are still looking firmly over their shoulder for a potential relegation brawl.

    In a showdown between two sides fighting at opposite ends of the table, we’ve covered the main points of King Power.

    Another hurdle Arsenal overcome

    While Arsenal could have started February with just one point from their first three Premier League fixtures, the Gunners managed to prove it was nothing more than a momentary hesitation.

    With a decisive 4-2 victory over Aston Villa last weekend, Arteta urged his team to show a much more professional look on Saturday afternoon.

    Still holding a two-point margin over defending champions Manchester City and in the midst of what became a famous campaign at the Emirates, Arteta’s youths would be delighted to pass a potential banana peel here.

    After recording their first Premier League clean sheet since a 2-0 away win over bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur on 15 January, the English heavyweights also have a highly favorable fixture list for the coming weeks.

    While welcoming Everton to north London midweek and looking to take immediate revenge on those relegated, Arsenal will also be delighted to start their adventure in the Europa League play-offs next month.

    Martinelli regains his form at a crucial moment

    While Martinelli may have marked his return from the World Cup winter break with another highlight in the Premier League, the 21-year-old did open February in the midst of what has been a protracted rut.

    However, despite Arsenal’s homegrown superstar arguably enduring an eight-game streak without scoring before scoring a goal in the Gunners’ 4-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend, it looks like Martinelli regained his best form in the decisive match. time.

    While English ace Bakayo Saka may have received the most praise for Arsenal’s league title this season, Arteta was quick to say that Martinelli will play a decisive role in the coming months.

    After releasing a beautiful goal immediately after half-time, the Brazilian footballer really made an impression by returning to Arteta’s starting XI.

    There are now nine Premier League goals missing this season, and enjoying what has become his most colorful performance in north London, Martinelli has scored two top-flight top-flight strikes in a row for the first time since early 2023.

    Leicester still looking for stability

    While Leicester may have started February in the midst of what has become an attractive Premier League turmoil, the Vixens have pretty much tumbled to the ground over the last week.

    While Brendan Rodgers’ side may have earned some accolades after a stellar 4-1 run against Champions League contenders Tottenham on 11 February, the former Liverpool boss still notices his side looking over his shoulder at the drop zone.

    Hurt at Old Trafford last week when they lost 3-0 at the hands of Manchester United, Leicester once again failed to land any punch here.

    Now suffering back-to-back Premier League defeats, the former top-flight champions are now only three points away from sliding into the relegation zone and there could be some mounting pressure on Rodgers’ shoulders once again.

    Having failed to land a single shot against the King Power goal and having lost attacking talisman James Maddison here, it’s fair to say that Leicester are still looking for much-needed stability in 2023.

    Match report

    Leicester: Ward, Castagne, Suttar, Faes, Christiansen, Praet, Ndidi, Dewsbury Hall, Tete, Iheanacho, Barnes

    Subscriptions: Dhaka, Pereira, Soumare, Tielemans, Vardi

    Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Xhaka, Jorginho, Odegardm Saka, Trossard, Martinelli

    Subscriptions: Partey, Nketiya, Tomiyasu

    Goals: Martinelli (46′)

    Yellow cards: Martinelli

    Red cards: N/A

    Judge: Craig Pawson

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