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  • Updated: March 14, 2022

EPL: Arsenal Back In Top Four After Comfortable Win Over Leicester City

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Ghanian midfielder Thomas Partey and French striker Alexandre Lacazette's goals earned Arsenal a 2-0 win at home to Leicester City on Sunday to return back into the Premier League top four.

The win moves the Gunners a point ahead of Manchester United but crucially Mikel Arteta's side have three games in hand on their rivals for the final Champions League slot.

Arsenal have now won their last five games and a run of nine wins from their last 11 encounters in the Premier League has transformed their season after a poor start to the campaign.

A return to Europe's elite competition, after a five-year absence, is now within their grasp if they can maintain solid form over their final 12 games.

"We have to be there, we should be there. Our history obliges us to be there but we are not there yet and there are still a lot of games to play," said Arteta, whose side host Liverpool on Wednesday.

"We have an excellent group of people at the club who believe in what we do and then you have to put the performance into results. The last few months we have been more consistent."

Partey put Arsenal ahead in the 11th minute with a simple, glancing near-post header from a Gabriel Martinelli corner which was poorly defended by the Foxes.

The home side looked confident and creative with Martin Odegaard impressive in the centre of the midfield but Leicester posed the occasional question on the break.

Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale produced a superb one-handed save to keep out a header from Harvey Barnes but without the threat of the injured Jamie Vardy, Leicester lacked penetration.

Arsenal's second goal came after Kasper Schmeichel parried out an Odegaard free-kick and Partey's goalbound header was cleared off the line by Luke Thomas.

The video replay showed that Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu had reached out a hand towards Partey's header and after reviewing the monitor referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot and Lacazette drilled the spot-kick into the roof of the net.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers felt the decision had been unfair.

"I am disappointed in the penalty. That there was disappointing, I don't know what else he could do. He was moving but it touched his hand and it was accidental," he said.

Rodgers said his team would now be focusing firmly on their Europa League campaign which sees them face French side Rennes in the round of 16 on Thursday.

"We are not choosy over trophies as we only have the one we can play for. It is a real focus for us but not to take anything away from the Premier League as we want to finish as high as we can," he said.

Arsenal have 51 points from 26 games while United have 50 from 29 and West Ham 48 points from 29 matches. Leicester are 12th on 33 points.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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English Premier League 2021/2022 TABLE

English Premier League
No Teams P Pts
1 Manchester City 38 93
2 Liverpool 38 92
3 Chelsea 38 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 71
5 Arsenal 38 69
Full Table

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Thomas Partey
Thomas
Partey
GH Ghana
  • HEIGHT

    1.82 m

  • WEIGHT

    78 kg

  • AGE

    29

Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre
Lacazette
FR France
  • HEIGHT

    1.76m

  • WEIGHT

    77kg

  • AGE

    31

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Arsenal
Arsenal

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight ...

Leicester City
Leicester City

Leicester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Leicester in the East Midlands. The club competes in the Prem...

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