Now that we’ve all had some time to cool off and accept that referees have a very difficult job and everyone makes mistakes, we can move on and reflect on the performances we saw from the players on Saturday.
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In general, it was a much improved performance by the Foxes. Ranieri’s changes, and the return of Robert Huth, made the team much more difficult to break down despite Arsenal’s domination of possession.
At the other end we still lacked a little quality, but overall looked the more likely team to score in the second half, especially if certain breaks had not gone against us as they did.
Also, I’m not over it and I haven’t moved on.
Kasper Schmeichel - 7
Didn’t have a lot to do, but made some good saves when called upon and gets his first clean sheet of the season.
Danny Simpson - 7
After a disappointing game last week, he’s bounced back to solid. With the quality of the rest of the team, that’s all we need from him.
Wes Morgan - 7
Another dependably strong performance from the Leicester City captain. We know he prefers to play against big strong strikers so it’s nice to see him succeed against against the smaller guys too.
Everyone dug in. We were winning the first challenges, picking up the second balls and were very positive in our play. Hopefully we can continue with that - Wes Morgan
Robert Huth - 9
No individual moments stand out from the game, but the last two games combined stand as further evidence that Huth has a huge impact on the organisation and overall play of the back line. It’s just not the same without him.
Christian Fuchs - 6
Another one who you’d have to call solid. Hard to give less than a 7 for a clean sheet against Arsenal, but he didn’t have much to do and offered much less going forward than we’ve become used to.
Riyad Mahrez - 7
Worked hard defensively and there were signs that he might be coming back into form with the ball. Still lacked that final touch, but undoubtedly dangerous and constantly shadowed by two defenders.
Danny Drinkwater - 8
Back to what we know he can do. He worked hard, won the ball and made the right passes. Unable to find that killer ball or take the chance that fell to him, but a good performance nonetheless.
Nampalys Mendy - 7
A shame for him to have to come off just as he was really getting into the game. He made the tackles and interceptions we were hoping for and looked to be sparking some life into the side in the second half.
Marc Albrighton - 7
A useful defensive performance on the wing, his energy and hustle were important, but in the end they also came closer to providing an assist than his attacking play did. No real cutting edge.
Shinji Okazaki - 8
Much like Huth, this is as much about how the team looks better with him there than individual performance. His energy and pressing were impressive again though and he helped to link the midfield and attack better.
I think the last game was not so together in terms of pressing but we improved. We were so tight and together so when I was pressing, the team were pressing too - Shinji Okazaki
Jamie Vardy - 6
Yes, the energy and enthusiasm were still there and maybe 6 is harsh, having given Shinji an 8 for the same attributes. But this is as much about what we’ve come to expect. Needs to be taking the chances he’s had.
Andy King - 6
He did ok after replacing Mendy, but nothing more than that.
Leo Ulloa - 6
Lack of athleticism will always hold him back in this system. He’s still very useful when he gets into dangerous areas but we didn’t see much of that.
Ahmed Musa - 8
Immediately dangerous. The side were on the back foot but the late introduction of the Nigerian immediately turned the game around. Musa, Vardy and Okazaki is a real selection headache for Claudio. All 3 deserve to play at the moment.
Arsenal - 5
Really did nothing creatively all game. Yes, we defended well but they’ll be disappointed in their performance.
My Man of the Match then is Robert Huth. Who was yours?