Arsenal vs Leicester LIVE Football Score 30 Oct 2021
Leicester’s own team selection is becoming increasingly a case of whoever is fit and available.
Having rested some players for the disappointing midweek defeat by Slavia Prague, the Foxes were back to the best they could muster, but this still meant the absence of Wesley Fofana, fellow defender James Justin and, most importantly, James Maddison.
The England midfielder’s creative energy was noticeably missing on Sunday, with Kelechi Iheanacho failing replicate it as his replacement.
When Barnes – the only man to really test Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno aside from Tielemens – departed on a stretcher, he stripped the Foxes of further attacking spark, making the martialling of Jamie Vardy a much easier job for the Gunners.
Leicester have points in the bank, but Rodgers now faces a challenge to ensure his side can rediscover some momentum and avoid slipping late out of the Champions League qualification places as they did last season.
Gunners reverse recent form against Foxes – best of the stats
- Arsenal ended a four-game winless run against Leicester in the Premier League, picking up their first victory against them since October 2018.
- Leicester have lost consecutive matches for the first time since December, while they last lost two in a row at home in October.
- The Foxes have lost their last two league home games in which they have scored the opening goal.
- This was Arsenal’s first away victory against a team starting the day in the top three of the Premier League table since January 2015 – they were winless in their past 14 such games before Sunday.
- Arsenal’s Pepe has already equalled his league goal tally from last season of five but in 13 fewer appearances.
- Lacazette has converted all five of his penalties for Arsenal, while only Aubameyang (13) has now netted more goals for the Gunners than the France forward this term.
- Tielemans has scored six league goals for Leicester this season, as many as he had in his first two campaigns at the club combined.
- Luiz and Willian are just the second Arsenal duo to combine for a league goal for the Gunners and another side in the division (Chelsea), after John Hartson and Ian Wright (West Ham).
Leicester face a tricky trip to Burnley on Wednesday for an 18:00 GMT kick-off. Coincidentally, that is also the next fixture facing Arsenal, who travel to Turf Moor next Saturday (12:30).