It was a rousing return to form for Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez as he notched a hat-trick to end his early-season scoring drought and Leicester City’s unbeaten streak in the process.
The Chilean, eight games without a goal this term, reminded the Premier League why he is one of the best forwards in Europe with a magnificent treble, which he completed with this strike.
On the road against a gritty Foxes side that hadn’t lost all season, there was a strong sense that this could be a difficult game for the Gunners after their painful loss to Chelsea the weak prior.
And early in the match it certainly looked like the King Power Stadium would set Arsenal up for a very tough stiff challenge at the very least, as Jamie Vardy drew first blood on 13 minutes.
Leicester’s lead would last all of five minutes before Theo Walcott equalised, and Sanchez then took the game by the scruff of the neck to earn the visitors a 4-1 advantage by the 81st minute.
Vardy and Olivier Giroud added to the scores late on in an seven-goal thriller, but the day belonged to Sanchez, whose exploits were enough to earn him a 10/10 in our player ratings.
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GK: Petr Cech – 8/10
Cech was not beaten in any of his several one-on-one contests and kept the ball well away from his net with the exception of two defensive breakdowns. By the time Leicester scored their second, Arsenal had already sealed the contest.
DF: Hector Bellerin – 6/10
A decent but unremarkable game for Bellerin with a tackle and a cleared shot.
DF: Per Mertesacker – 7/10
After on-field and off-field struggles for much of the season, Mertesacker had one of his best games in recent memory with 11 clearances and two successful tackles.
DF Laurent Koscielny – 7.5/10
Eleven clearances and was just the statistical impact Koscielny had on this game. The high-scoring Leicester attack was powerless against the Frenchman for the majority.
DF Nacho Monreal – 7.5/10
Two assists for a defender doesn’t happen every day. Monreal was solid on defence and offence, and was an underrated contributor to Arsenal’s stellar performance.