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Inspired by Willian and Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal overcame a slow start on Sunday to score an impressive 3-1 win at Leicester City that put them back in the top half of the Premier League when Arsenal appeared to be plagued by known problems Youri Tielemans cut the defense slightly apart in the sixth minute Pablo Mari’s fear of Jamie Vardy meant the Spaniard didn’t hit a low shot that flew past Bernd Leno, but the Gunners reacted impressively when Pepe and Willian found the form they’d missed for much of this season

The latter brought Arsenal to a level with a clever free kick led by David Luiz, while Pepe played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s second game just before the break His shot hit Wilfred Ndidi’s outstretched arm and converted the Gunners into a penalty, which Alexandre Lacazette scored

Willian and Pepe then bonded with a little help from substitute Martin Odegaard to make the crucial third goal.The Ivorian ended a free-flowing play brilliantly and shot into an empty net when Willian booked his second assist for an excellent week for Arsenal who had survived the Europa League round of 16 when Leicester fell against Slavia Prague

Kasper Schmeichel: He might be disappointed that Willian found a way around him to help with Arsenal’s third, but in truth there was little he could do about this or any of the other goals that got past him 5

Timothy Castagne: The Belgian had to pay for a loose piece of marking in the penalty area as Luiz turned around a pile of corpses to lead him to the prelude.He looked a lot more relaxed on his forefoot and sometimes struggled with the different angles which Willian and Kieran Tierney attacked himRating: 4

Caglar Soyuncu: His confident defensive approach seemed to subdue Lacazette, but he was guilty of being pulled out of position in the run-up to Arsenal’s third partyRating: 5

Jonny Evans: His departure was another injury loss for a battered Leicester team, although he was not at his best today with a success rate of 80 percent, which was not at his usual levelRating: 4

Luke Thomas: Pepe was a challenging opponent for the youngster but there were moments when he won the fight and specifically blocked a low shot in the first half however for the most part this was a tough game for him and once he was booked it seemed inevitable that it would have to be withdrawn earlier than plannedRating: 3

Ricardo Pereira: His energetic pressure was crucial to the opener and he also doubled in to make sure Castagne wasn’t too overwhelmed on a busy afternoon, then shuffled to the left-back but found it no easier than Pepe to suppress Pepe’s review : 5

Wilfred Ndidi: Only he knows what he thought when he raised his arms in such an odd way to block a shot when Leicester tried to hold on, but he did a lot of good defensive work and fought both sides in one-on-one Rating: 5

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Youri Tielemans: Even though Arsenal offered him half the royal power to attack, he still did an excellent job of scoring his opening target and appeared to be a threat to unleash the pace of the Leicester frontRating: 6

Harvey Barnes: Leicester spent much of the first half on their rearfoot but Barnes still threatened direct running and smart interaction with the strikers His injury threatens to be a serious problem for the Foxes and maybe even EnglandRating: 6

Kelechi Iheanacho: He found it difficult to get into place throughout the game and was very effectively handcuffed by Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny when he fell deep on a frustrating afternoon was marked by a sad late shot he over The bar crackedRating: 4

Jamie Vardy: Obviously he wasn’t on the right track for this game, he held onto the bar multiple times and lacked the pace that would normally keep him away from MariRating: 4

Marc Albrighton (Sub, Thomas, 46 ‘): His introduction instantly added punch to Leicester’s press and threatened a hit that was blocked by Vardy. Rating: 6

Cengiz Under (Sub, Barnes, 50 ‘): This was a brief opportunity for Turkey international to show Brendan Rodgers what he was missing as he failed to do so in a hushed display until the final minutes of the game doRating: 4

Daniel Amartey (Sub, Evans, 69 ‘): When he entered the competition, Arsenal had what they needed, on the offensive, and Amartey had little to do. Rating: 5

Manager – Brendan Rodgers: Could he be able to turn his page a little more? Sure there were loads of tired legs as Leicester chased a way back into the game to some extent, the injuries that were already in the squad would inevitably cause more problems as he demands more from those at his disposal, but he will wonder if this could have been a game to start the likes of Under and Daniel Amartey Rating: 4

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Bernd Leno: Couldn’t do much about the gate or the sizzling drive from Barnes that he got to safety. He looked solid under crosses but was enjoying a quieter day than he would have expected earlierRating: 5

Cedric Soares: On a day like today he understood that he would be most effective if he got to Pepe quickly and let him get on with the rest.He did this very effectively – he could be a serious rival to Hector Bellerin, to play a role on the strongest sideRating: 7

David Luiz: His header was one that embarrassed the strikers and led them wonderfully into the lower left corner. In defense he made no mistakes and won all his duels and dogfightsRating: 7

Pablo Mari: He might still retire from Tielemans now, so was his refusal to commit for fear of leaving Jamie Vardy unmarked despite David Luiz Leicester’s No. 1 appeared to cover 9 However, it deserves credit for an excellent response In the second half, he showed no fear of the striker as he kept up with a late runRating: 5

Kieran Tierney: Arsenal are a different team with Tierney by their side His crossing was dangerous, his combination game with Willian incredibly effective and his ability to get back to the right spots to defend himself was impressiveRating: 8

Mohamed Elneny: There are times when his hesitation about passing it on gives the impression that he is playing rugby He’s also done little to close Tielemans for Leicester’s early opener but made up for it to some extent when he was able to block Iheanacho’s second-half shotRating: 5

Granit Xhaka: He has a shrewd knack for buying fouls from opponents and positions himself in such a way that Iheanacho in particular had no choice but to rattle into him.Combine that with a reliable, progressive pass and you have one very impressive performance in a big game for ArsenalRating: 7

Nicolas Pepe: An outstanding performance at the signing of the club record When he realized that Thomas couldn’t handle it, he simply refused to slow his attack and constantly challenged the ball during the break he had 25 touches in the attacking third Leicester had had 23 in Arsenal’s third. His wonderfully crafted target was no less than he deservedRating: 9

Emile Smith Rowe: His injury-related exit in the first half was all the more frustrating as he had shown so many of his best qualities: playing with teammates, keeping attacks moving and pressing vigorouslyRating: 6

Willian: A big step in the right direction from the busy Brazilian to confirm Mikel Arteta’s decision to sign him on a three-year deal.He worked brilliantly with Tierney, drifting into the infield while his left-back bombed, provided a smart cross for Luiz ‘equalizer and made for the sweetest passes for Pepes goalRating: 8

Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal attacking midfielders consistently play better with Lacazette on the team. He moves and pulls defenders with him to create angles that others can take advantage of. His penalty ended well Rating: 7

Martin Odegaard (Sub, Smith Rowe, 43 ‘): A different type of 10 than Smith Rowe, he’s more passable and offers one of the best in the game, the pass to just the right place for Willian Square and Pepe to the net review : 7

Thomas Partey (Sub, Elneny, 66 ‘): The Ghanaian brought authority to midfield which enabled them to quell any pressure from Leicester. Rating: 6

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (Sub, Lacazette, 84 ‘): He deserved his rest after his braces on Thursday, but even in a brief cameo, it was encouraging to see his ability to get into his places and Taking pictures Rating: 5

Manager – Mikel Arteta: He deserves a lot of credit for his clever rotation of the team and especially for trusting Willian at a time when Arsenal fans have long since lost patience. He was rewarded today Rating: 8

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