After a goalless opening 45 minutes in the Midlands, the Gunners got their noses in front 12 minutes into the second half after Nicolas Pepe’s cut back bounced off Foxes left-back Christian Fuchs, beyond goalkeeper Danny Ward and into the back of the net.
Leicester threatened for an equaliser but all of their hard work offered no rewards, as Arsenal sealed the victory once and for all late on thanks to Eddie Nketiah’s second goal in as many matches.
The victory maintained Arsenal’s winning start to the campaign and extended their winning run in all competitions across this season and last to six matches.
It has been an excellent start to the campaign for Mikel Arteta’s side and confidence and belief will no doubt be running through the veins of his players.
Though confidence is likely to be sky high, and they have little to be downbeat about, Nketiah was most certainly not impressed with how Arsenal opened the scoring at the King Power Stadium.
Pepe, back in the starting line-up after being forced to start on the bench against both Fulham and West Ham United in the Gunners’ opening two Premier League outings of the campaign, managed to get himself into the penalty area, advance towards the byline and pull the ball back.
His initial cross was palmed away by Foxes goalkeeper Ward but straight back into his path. Though Nketiah was unmarked in the middle of the box, Pepe was unable to find the Arsenal striker, with his second cross bouncing off of Ward’s hand, onto Fuch’s shin and into the net.
It was a very sloppy goal for Leicester to have conceded, but you can guarantee that Arsenal and Arteta will not have cared one bit as it gave them the breakthrough they were looking for. However, Nketiah was not happy with the fact that he had missed out on the chance to increase his goal tally.
After the ball had nestled in the back of the net, the striker cut a frustrated figure. He looked at Pepe with his arms stretched out wide, as though he was saying: ‘Why did you not pass that to me?’
He then turned away looking angry and disappointed, no doubt due to the fact that he thought he was going to add to his goal tally for the club.
It was clear that Nketiah was desperate to score, as he was heard shouting: ‘Nico, Nico!’ when Pepe advanced into the penalty area.
Though Nketiah was clearly disappointed not have scored his side’s opening goal of the game, he did, of course, get his name on the scoresheet late on to seal the Gunners’ passage to the next stage of the competition.