Report: Leicester City 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after battling to a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

After a first half where both teams had chances to open the scoring, the Gunners took the lead through a Christian Fuchs own goal before Eddie Nketiah sealed the win in the final minutes.

Only Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Sead Kolašinac and Bukayo Saka kept their place from the win over West Ham United as Mikel Arteta rung the changes although he still named a strong team and bench.

Mesut Özil and Mattéo Guendouzi remained out of favour while Lucas Torreira, who has been heavily linked with a move away, was also not involved.

Arsenal are seemingly open to loan offers Reiss Nelson and the young Englishman showed prospective suitors what he can do with a fierce curling effort that forced Danny Ward into a smart reaction save.

Nelson was one of five Hale End graduates in the team and he was involved in a slick passing move with Joe Willock and Saka that ended with Kolašinac firing just past the post. Saka then bamboozled his was past Marc Albrighton but neither Nelson or Eddie Nketiah could get the decisive touch on his fizzed low cross. 

It wasn’t all one-way traffic as Leicester showed their threat in attack. Direct running from Demarai Gray and James Maddison caused the Arsenal defence problems with the latter planting a shot onto the post despite being surrounded by a group of white shirts.

Saka felt he should have won a penalty when he went down under a challenge from Daniel Amartey before Ward denied Nelson again.

Bernd Leno’s aerial deficiencies were laid bare again when he elbowed David Luiz in the head when coming out to claim a long ball.

James Maddison and Nketiah both had chances in the opening exchanges of the second half before Arsenal took the lead in fortunate circumstance. Nicolas Pépé drove into the Leicester box and after his initial cross was saved his rebound hit the post and struck Fuchs before crossing the line. 

Willian and Dani Ceballos replaced Nelson and Willock while Wes Morgan got back to clear an Nketiah effort off the line. That intervention seemed to pave the way for Leicester to equalise when Ayoze Pérez got on the end of a free kick but somehow headed wide with the goal gaping. 

Héctor Bellerín came on for the final few minutes and helped secure the victory with a mazy run that set up Nketiah for a close-range finish. 

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