Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal: Foxes' player ratings

Following last weekend's disappointing defeat to newly-promoted Hull City, most supporters were delighted to see Leicester City earn their first point of the 2016/17 campaign.

Taking on Arsene Wenger's Arsenal and holding them to a scoreless draw, the Premier League champions more than held their own and were great value for the point they received. As a matter of fact, there were even suggestions that Claudio Ranieri's men could have claimed the win.

Nonetheless, despite the Foxes not quite managing to score the goal to see them turn the one point into three, there were still some eye-catching performances on show at the King Power Stadium. So, who was the Man of the Match in the East Midlands?


Kasper Schmeichel - 7/10: A solid performance from the Danish No. 1. Leicester City's ever-present goalkeeper put in a respectable display and made some important saves - particularly from a dangerous Santi Cazorla free-kick that threatened to bounce into the far-corner of the net. Nonetheless, the former Manchester City man's distribution could have been called into question on a few occasions.

Danny Simpson - 7/10: Another good if unspectacular performance. Simpson dealt with the threats of Theo Walcott and the over-lapping Nacho Monreal well. However, was too quick to show Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain inside where he could adopt a more central and threatening position. On the other hand, the Foxes were not punished all too much for that particular mistake, so in all, a steady showing from the English defender.

Wes Morgan - 8/10: A real captain's performance against Arsene Wenger's men. The Jamaican international really stepped up again after his shaky display at the KCOM Stadium last time out. Dominating opponents in the air and making some crucial blocks in-front of goal, Morgan was a key component in the Foxes managing to keep their maiden clean-sheet of the season.

Skipper Morgan recovered from a shaky performance last time out | Photo: Getty
Skipper Morgan recovered from a shaky performance last time out | Photo: Getty

Robert Huth - 7/10: What else was really expected of the ex-Chelsea defender? Using his strength and excellent awareness of the game for the majority of the evening, the big German was always there to quickly snuff-out any Arsenal attacks. He managed to deal with the threat of Alexis Sanchez well - an impressive feat by anyone's standards. On the other hand, his pace (or lack of it) was exposed on a couple of occasions but still a good performance nonetheless.

Christian Fuchs - 7/10: As the rest of the back-four, the former Austrian captain had a solid if not outstanding game. He was able to show all of his experience throughout the 90 minutes having marshalled the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain. On the other hand, the 30-year-old was not able to threaten much in an attacking sense but that might have been down to the visitor's defensive discipline in the wide areas as opposed to anything else.


Marc Albrighton - 5/10: One of the more unproductive performances that the former Aston Villa man has put in since making the move to the King Power Stadium - nothing seemed to come-off for the English winger. Attempting crosses and passes throughout the game, the majority of them failed to find their target. He seemed hesitant throughout the 90 minutes and was eventually replaced by home-debutant, Ahmed Musa.

Danny Drinkwater - 8/10: Again, another one that recovered after a below-par performance last weekend. Starting off slowly but eventually growing and taking control of the game for the home side, the former Manchester United trainee impressed. Displaying a great range of passing as well as some useful forward runs (which could have possibly seen the Foxes awarded a penalty), he was crucial to the team. Looks to be forging a good partnership with recent signing, Nampalys Mendy.

Nampalys Mendy - 7/10: Making his home debut since moving from Ligue 1 outfit, OGC Nice, the Frenchman put in a more than positive showing. Attempting to replace N'Golo Kante, the 24-year-old brought some of the same type of energy and reading of the game that his countryman did to the King Power Stadium. Looking comfortable in the team, he was having an impressive debut until he cruelly suffered a painful-looking ankle injury.

Nampalys Mendy impressed on his debut | Photo: Getty
Nampalys Mendy impressed on his debut | Photo: Getty

Riyad Mahrez - 7/10: After finding the back of the net against Hull City last weekend, the Algerian star put in another good display this time around. Despite sometimes making the wrong decisions and being a tiny bit selfish on a few occasions, the skill and guile of the former Le Havre wide-man really threatened the Arsenal defence. Had it not been for a good save from Petr Cech late in the day, Mahrez may have been named the match-winner after a dazzling run and a strong swing of his right boot nearly saw him score for the second week in a row.


Shinji Okazaki - 7/10: Hard work, unwavering energy, a strong physical presence and relentless pressing - all standard attributes of the Japanese international, and all of these were on display against Arsene Wenger's men. Albeit not the goal threat that most supporters would be expecting of a striker, the ex-Mainz forward complimented Jamie Vardy extremely well as the duo closed-down the Arsenal back-line all evening. He was however replaced by the stronger, Leonardo Ulloa.

Jamie Vardy - 6/10: Not yet the fit and firing Jamie Vardy that supporters saw for most of the Foxes' title-winning campaign. He still looks to be slightly lethargic after his exploits in France for the Euro's. One main aspect of his game that was missing was the fantastic runs in-behind the defence that made him so threatening last season. When chances did come his way, the former Fleetwood Town man appeared to snatch at them; either producing a weak shot or blazing the ball wide.

Vardy struggled to get into the game against the Gunners | Photo: Getty
Vardy struggled to get into the game against the Gunners | Photo: Getty


Andy King - 7/10: Had a tough task in replacing Nampalys Mendy after the Frenchman had unfortunately picked up a painful-looking injury but did well in the short cameo that he did have. The Welshman partnered Drinkwater well in the midfield with his attacking instinct and ability to read the game. Could now have a few more opportunities with Mendy succumbing to injury.

Leonardo Ulloa - 6/10: Came on in place of Shinji Okazaki mid-way through the second-half and most would argue he did his job providing a physical presence. However, due to his lack of pure speed, he at times blunted the Foxes' attacks and they were not able to spring any of the trademark counter-attacks that were seen last season.

Ahmed Musa - 7/10: Despite only being afforded a few minutes by Claudio Ranieri, the Nigerian speedster made quite the impact. Utilising skill and terrifying speed, the Foxes' record signing had Hector Bellerin on the ropes and could even had earned a penalty out of the Spaniard after being fouled in the box. Will look to get more game-time against Swansea City next weekend.