3 positives & negatives from Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Leicester

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Another three points for The Arsenal!

The team and fans will surely take another “One Nil to The Arsenal” away from home against Leicester City.

3 positives & negatives from Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Leicester

Arsenal controlled the match and didn’t let Leicester have a look, so let’s jump into the good and the bad.

Positive #1: xG

Arsenal only produced 0.65 xG in this match, but what was of note was Leicester’s. The Foxes only managed a measly 0.01 xG in this game. That is so impressive that The xG Philosophy said this about the performance:

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s second-half attempt from 40 yards would be Leicester’s only attempt toward Aaron Ramsdale’s goal.

It was a testament to how good both William Saliba and Gabriel were today. They both had monstrous performances, but the Brazilian stood out, not only in defence but also with his key pass to set up the attack resulting in Arsenal’s goal.

Negative #1: Refereeing

VAR ruled out Leandro Trossard’s first-half strike. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

I hate talking about refereeing performances, but it has to be spoken about on this occasion.

Leandro Trossard’s beautiful goal was disallowed because of Ben White’s ‘foul’ on Danny Ward in the box. The issue is consistency. If players can’t touch goalkeepers at all, then what happened on Douglas Luiz’s olympico earlier this season where Ramsdale was being held? Ward could have easily gotten out of that situation, but he got the call, and a goal was chalked off. It’s super frustrating.

Not too long after that, Bukayo Saka was dragged down in the box by Harry Souttar but VAR refused to intervene after Craig Pawson waved away Gooner’s claims. It is again frustrating to see a clear foul not given and no explanation as to why. The refereeing needs to be better, it didn’t cost Arsenal today, but it has before.

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