Arsenal humble Leicester at home

Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick as Arsenal smashed Leicester City 5-2 at the KingPower Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

  • Leicester Arsenal
  • Vardy opens the scoring
  • Walcott levels matters
  • Sanchez grabs hat-trick
  • Vardy and Giroud score late one

Match summary

High-flying Leicester took the lead 13 minutes into the contest through a great strike from Jamie Vardy but were unable to consolidate their advantage as Theo Walcott equalised for the Gunners with an equally adept finish five minutes later.

Sanchez would put the visitors in the lead before half-time as he pounced on the loose ball and then put Arsenal out of sight with two expertly taken goals in the second-half.

Vardy got his second of the game with time winding down to add some respectability to the scoreline but his goal was canceled moments later when Olivier Giroud came on to add a fifth.

Full Report

The games started at break-neck speed as both sides created a number of chances early on and Arsenal should have taken the lead when Sanchez played Walcott in on goal, but the England international pushed his measured effort just over the bar.

The Foxes then repelled another good attack from the visitors as the Gunners probed for an opening in their typical fashion, eventually making some space through Cazorla, the Spaniard firing goalward only to see his effort cleared of the line by Danny Drinkwater with Caspar Schmeichel beaten.

Moments later and it was Leicester's turn to go forward, the hosts putting some passes together on the edge of the box allowing, Jamie Vardy to squirm his effort through traffic against the post as Petr Cech looked on helplessly.

Vardy would eventually break the deadlock on 13 minutes, however, as he capped off a blistering counter attack, expertly controlling Drinkwater's ball over his top and firing an brilliant curled effort past Cech.

Their lead would only last five minutes as Vardy pushed his header onto the bar and the Gunners launched an equally devastating counter, Walcott easing past a labouring Robert Huth and finishing of the post to level matters.

Wenger's men seemed to grow in confidence as the half wore on and would take the lead before half-time through Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean making no mistake with the loose ball after some good work by Bellerin down the right for his first goal of the season.

After the break and Arsenal created a number of chances early on through Walcott and Sanchez but neither forward was able to add to the Gunners lead following some resolute defending from the hosts.

They eventually added a third through Sanchez, though, as the Chilean played a great one two with Mesut Ozil and rose highest to head home past Schmeichel into the top right corner.

Sanchez grabbed his hat-trick with a great strike later in the half as he eased past two Leicester defenders and fired an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner.

Leicester pulled one back through another great curled effort from Vardy but the damage was already done and substitute Giroud came on late on to complete the rout, the Frenchman beating Schmeichel at the near post.