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Ozil stars as Arsenal come from behind to beat Leicester for 10th straight win

Mesut Ozil (right) scores for Arsenal

Mesut Ozil produced one of the best midfield displays in the Premier League this season as Arsenal beat Leicester for a record-equalling 10th successive win in all competitions.

Ozil's first-time finish for the equaliser, the pass that led to the second goal and his two flicks in the build-up to the third were the catalyst for a remarkable performance by the Gunners, who had been overwhelmed by Leicester in the opening 30 minutes.

The Foxes deservedly took the lead in the 31st minute, and might argue they should already have been awarded a penalty when Rob Holding appeared to intentionally handle the ball.

Their goal came from a pacy counter-attack, which resulted in Ben Chilwell's attempt at a low cross being turned in by the boot of Arsenal's Hector Bellerin.

That appeared to jolt the Gunners into action. They levelled just before the break when Ozil sprinted forward and played a one-two with Bellerin before opening up his foot to place the ball in off the far post. It was a stunning finish.

Arsenal, who came into the match having scored 14 of their 19 league goals in the second half, were a different proposition after the break.

Their second goal came after Ozil cut open the defence with a beautifully weighted ball which found Bellerin. The Spaniard then played it square for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who tapped home two minutes after coming on.

The Gabon international's second followed one of the moves of the season. Ozil's audacious flick in midfield set it in motion, before a sand-wedge of an assist by the German gave Aubameyang a simple finish.

Alexandre Lacazette should have added another but his shot, from Ozil's pass, was saved at point-blank range by Kasper Schmeichel.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 19Leno
  • 2Bellerín
  • 20Mustafi
  • 16HoldingBooked at 17mins
  • 12LichtsteinerSubstituted forAubameyangat 61'minutes
  • 11Torreira
  • 34XhakaBooked at 35mins
  • 7MkhitaryanSubstituted forGuendouziat 61'minutes
  • 10ÖzilSubstituted forRamseyat 80'minutes
  • 17Iwobi
  • 9Lacazette

Substitutes

  • 8Ramsey
  • 14Aubameyang
  • 23Welbeck
  • 26Martínez
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 47Medley
  • 55Smith-Rowe

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18Amartey
  • 15Maguire
  • 6Evans
  • 14Ricardo PereiraBooked at 65minsSubstituted forGhezzalat 69'minutes
  • 24Mendy
  • 25Ndidi
  • 3Chilwell
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forOkazakiat 75'minutes
  • 8IheanachoSubstituted forAlbrightonat 61'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 9VardySubstituted forat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Söyüncü
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 20Okazaki
  • 21Iborra
  • 28Fuchs
  • 31Ghezzal
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
59,886

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 3, Leicester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Leicester City 1.

Foul by Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).

Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City).

Attempt blocked. Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.

Attempt missed. Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.

Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jamie Vardy went off injured after Leicester City had used all subs.

Offside, Arsenal. Granit Xhaka tries a through ball, but Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Iwobi.

Foul by Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal).

Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Mesut Özil.

Foul by Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal).

Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Shinji Okazaki replaces James Maddison.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Rachid Ghezzal replaces Ricardo Pereira.

Attempt missed. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 3, Leicester City 1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Booking

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).

Booking

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 2, Leicester City 1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaces Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Matteo Guendouzi replaces Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Alex Iwobi.

Offside, Arsenal. Shkodran Mustafi tries a through ball, but Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Iwobi.

Attempt missed. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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