Arsenal’s unbeaten run in all competitions was extended to nine games thanks to goals from Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe, as they defeated Leicester City 2-0 in a thrilling match.

The Gunners scored twice in the first 20 minutes before holding off the Foxes, thanks to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s outstanding performance.

Mikel Arteta’s side has improved much since losing their first three league games of the season, but this was always going to be a tough test of their comeback against a Foxes side on the rise.

Arteta was encouraged by the return from illness of defender Ben White, who was picked in the same XI that began against Aston Villa last Friday.

Gabriel, White’s center-back partner, scored the game’s first goal as the Gunners showed off their new-found set-piece power, heading in Bukayo Saka’s fifth-minute corner.

Smith Rowe stroked home his fourth goal of the season at the top of a breakaway move less than a quarter-hour later to double the lead.

The Gunners had chances to score a third, but Leicester improved as the half progressed and came dangerously close to cutting the deficit, only for Ramsdale’s miraculous stop to keep out a James Maddison free-kick.

Brendan Rodgers made two changes after the half, bringing on Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman, but his side found Ramsdale too strong on several chances, while Kasper Schmeichel was smart to deny Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a clincher at the other end.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games and have the same number of points as fourth-placed West Ham United. Leicester’s first loss in five games takes them to tenth place.


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