The Warm Down: Emery's Arsenal rack up tenth consecutive win
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The Warm Down: Emery's Arsenal rack up tenth consecutive win

Arsenal had to come from behind to claim their tenth consecutive win in all competitions to climb to fourth position in the Premier League table.

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Andy Preston

Mesut Ozil’s goal just before half-time cancelled out a Hector Bellerin own goal against Leicester before the Gunners put on a sumptuous second half display spearheaded by the German, who wore the captain’s armband.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was summoned from the bench and made an almost instant impact by scoring twice in quick succession to seal the three points for the home side at the Emirates.

Slow start for Gunners

Leicester City took the initiative in the opening 30 minutes of the game and were unlucky to have not been awarded a penalty for an alleged handball from Rob Holding just minutes after the defender had been booked.

The Foxes’ persistence paid off when Ben Chilwell’s cross deflected off  Bellerin and deceived Bernd Leno to give the away side a deserved lead.

A run of seven consecutive Premier League wins has seen the Gunners level at half time in each game and that proved to be the case once again as Ozil provided a neat finish which clipped the inside of the post after a quick one-two with Bellerin.

Mesut masterclass

Often the scapegoat for Arsenal’s shortcomings in recent years, the former German international cast silence among his doubters with an outstanding captain’s performance.

Ozil was at the heart of all three of Arsenal’s goals as he took Bellerin’s pass in to his stride with a first time finish to equalise. He is now the highest scoring German player in Premier League history with 30 goals.

The German playmaker then played a perfectly weighted pass to split open the Leicester defence for Bellerin who crossed for Aubameyang to put the Gunners in front with a close-range finish.

Unai Emery’s philosophy was once again put into full swing with a goal to rival Aaron Ramsey’s against Fulham.

A move which was born from playing out of the back saw the Gunners play the ball slickly around Leicester as Arsenal’s one-touch football in the final third was too much for the opposition. It included a sublime dummy from Ozil before Alexandre Lacazette found the German who flicked the ball delicately over Kasper Schmeichel to tee up Aubameyang to claim his second goal of the night.

With that performance, Ozil has surely staked his claim as Emery’s first choice number ten. Having often been deployed as a winger this season, Ozil produced his finest moment of the season so far in his most natural position.

Clinical Aubameyang

The Gabon international has become a pivotal player at the Emirates since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. Aubameyang replicated his substitute performance against Fulham by coming from the bench to score a brace to once again help the Gunners to a fine second-half display.

Possessing blistering pace, Aubameyang is always a handful for the opposition when coming off the bench and has found a knack of getting himself into goalscoring positions which has allowed him to boast such a clinical scoring record.

Aubameyang has now been involved in 21 goals in 22 Premier League appearances with 16 goals and five assists to his name.

The Gunners will be looking for an eleventh win on the bounce as they travel to Portugal to face Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday.

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