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Match Ratings: Leicester v Arsenal

Another disappointing performance from the foxes.


The foxes started strong and completely crumbled shortly thereafter. Let’s get to the match ratings from yours truly.

Danny Ward: Genuinely was the only reason Leicester were, I hesitate to use the term “in the game”, but not being completely embarrassed at halftime. We all only think about the mistake after the foxes had halved the Arsenal lead, but outside of that huge mistake he was actually really solid. 4.5? I guess?

Wesley Fofana: Like much of the team, he started off very well. He anticipated a pass, ran into the Arsenal box, and nearly scored. Following that he picked up a yellow card, and Martinelli was really giving the foxes defender serious issues. He may have been at fault for the fourth Gunners goal as well. The really disturbing part of the afternoon had nothing to do with the match, sadly. After the match concluded our young defender walked in front of the traveling Blue Army all by himself and clapped the fans with a long face and a bit of a sad demeanor. He seemed to be saying... goodbye. This week will tell but it really seems that he may be on his way out. 5.

Jonny Evans: Seemed to have Jesus under control early on but obviously that didn’t last very long. He got trucked in a 1v1, and failed to prevent the shot for the first goal. He did put Saliba in an awkward position for the own goal though. 5.

Daniel Amartey: I really do not want to add on to the Amartey hate train but he is rapidly becoming my least favorite player in the squad. While he did look to pass out of the back, for the second week in a row, he was mostly solid... until he wasn’t. He was caught the wrong side for the second Arsenal goal, and most definitely got away with foul in the box on Jesus that wasn’t called. Thus for the second week in a row, he gets the title of the worst player on the pitch. 4.

Timothy Castagne: A very uninvolved game from Timmy, he was hardly involved in the game going forward and appeared lost at times defensively. The definition of an average game. 5.

James Justin: A pretty good bounce back for Justin. Defended well, and was a good threat going forward on the Leicester left. He caused the problems that led to the first foxes goal and looked much like the player from two seasons ago. Really hope for a good healthy season from him. 6.

Youri Tielemans: Deserved to be subbed off, didn’t he? I would venture to guess that was not the game he wanted in front of the club that has shown the most interest in him. He seemed slow on the ball and was basically invisible on the back foot as Arsenal completely played around him. Not a good day from our star-man. 4.5.

Wilfried Ndidi: Another below-average game from a man we are used to seeing absolutely destroy midfields. Is it because we are playing such a tight midfield at the moment? I’m not sure. His one bright spot in the game was sliding in to put Jesus off in a one-on-one situation. But much like Youri, Arsenal just simply played around him like he wasn’t there most of the time. 4.5.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall: His movement was pretty good when trying to provide the team an outlet out of the Arsenal press, but his passes seemed to be rather wayward and often ended in Arsenal putting the foxes under extended spells of pressure. Tough day for the midfield players. 4.5.

James Maddison: For a good 34 of the game he looked rather disinterested. However, he came alive late, scoring a goal that (should have) made the game interesting. When Madders is in the mood he can absolutely tear teams apart, but we need him to be in the mood for more than 15 minutes. 5.5.

Jamie Vardy: Answer me this, how many times in the last few seasons have you heard the words “Vardy was rather isolated during the match”? Another game in which Vardy worked hard and appeared to be in dangerous positions but simply did not get the service. The few times he did, he drew a (rightly overturned) penalty and put Saliba in an awkward position which resulted in an own-goal. You just get the feeling that as soon as he starts getting service he is absolutely going to light teams up. 5.

Dennis Praet: Finally got some time in a LCFC shirt, and did not really do much to impress. He absolutely should have come for the pass that ended up being an Arsenal goal. He had some moments of really good movement, but a far cry from his best performance. 5.

Patson Daka: Much like Vardy, worked hard and got into some dangerous positions, but it is becoming increasingly evident that he lacks some in the technical department. 5.

Kelechi Iheanacho: The one substitute that made a recognizable difference. He was much more involved than Vardy or Daka, and set up Madders for his goal. 6.

Brendan Rodgers: I was a bit harsh on him last week, but this week I feel almost feel bad for him. He has been a professional throughout the summer. However he has to be feeling frustrated with the lack of activity in the transfer window. He trotted out the team in the only shape he can at the moment. He has no wingers to choose from so a back 4 is essentially out of the question. The only real complaint is why Amartey is still starting over Soyuncu, but I am tired of beating a dead horse. 5.5.

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