Arsenal player ratings: Brilliant Bukayo Saka and Aubameyang show the future… Lacazette must keep up with them


BRILLIANT BUKAYO SAKA and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved they can be the deadly attacking duo for Arsenal going forward.

They are 13 years apart in age but there is nothing unlucky about that number for Arsenal fans – even though Jamie Vardy snatched a late equaliser at the Emirates.

Alexandre Lacazette should have buried the game with a close-range header before half-time – and he had a goal ruled out for offside.

While Mikel Arteta was left to rue that, Eddie Nketiah’s sending off two minutes after coming on meant it was a backs-to-the-wall job just to gain a point in the end.

Here, Sam Morgan runs through the Arsenal players and how they rated.

Did very well to stop Kelechi Iheanacho’s 55th minute volley that could have been the equaliser.

Did allow the Foxes striker to score in the first half but he was ruled offside.

Had a relatively quiet evening until he went down heavily challenging in the Leicester box.

Lost Vardy on the turn in the box but managed to recover to block the 66th-minute shot in time.

Caught dawdling when Leicester looked to have gone ahead through Iheanacho only for goal to be ruled out.

Went close with a free-kick 52 minutes in that forced a good save from Kasper Schmeichel.

Should not have allowed Jamie Vardy to cross the ball that almost led to Leicester equalising in the second half.

In truth, though, was hardly rushed off his feet for most of the match until the very end.

Played a fantastic ball in to find Lacazette who should have made it 2-0 with his first-half header.

Did his job all over the pitch well and created a few attacking outlets down the right and cutting in from there.

Nearly got on the scoresheet with an absolute rocket from all of 30 yards out in the 21st minute.

Had no inhibitions about getting forward, was strong one-on-one and gorgeous deliveries are always a threat.

Was the architect of the first goal and showed amazing vision to a) locate Saka then b) find him with a brilliant pass.

Showed strong defensive instincts too and Arteta has to do everything he can to hold onto him.

Hard to believe this is the same man who earlier this year had a toxic relationship with the club’s fans.

Now they can’t have too much to be grumpy about given how well he is combining with Ceballos in the centre.

Left-footed but showed great skill to find Aubameyang with his right for the goal. Little shimmy left Jonny Evans floored.

Did well again – after linking up well with Aubameyang – to find Lacazette as he searched for a second on the 30-minute mark.

Should have made it 2-0 just before half-time but fired a close-range header straight at Schmeichel.

Did not seem to carry the same creative spark of Aubameyang and Saka and was left behind a bit compared to those two.

Should have been onside in the 68th minute, especially from a set-piece, but goal was ruled out.

Always has the ability to be in the right place at the right time and the same was true for the first goal.

Showed some good versatility with intricate passing on the top of the box allowing freedom down the flanks and now has eyes firmly on Golden Boot.

Was sent off just two minutes after coming on for Lacazette after a studs-up challenge on James Justin.

On for Saka. Lasted longer than Nketiah so credit for that at least.

Continued his build-up to full fitness as a late replacement for Ceballos.

Came on deep into stoppage time for Aubameyang as a defensive reinforcement.


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