Leicester vs Arsenal: Player Ratings
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Players of Arsenal celebrate their side's first goal after Christian Fuchs of Leicester City (out of frame) scores an own goal during the Carabao Cup third round match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on September 23, 2020 in Leicester, England. Football Stadiums around United Kingdom remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images)

Arsenal eased past Leicester City in the Carabao Cup 2-0, with two second-half goals sending the Gunners through.

Nicolas Pepe forced an own goal in the 57th minute with some luck and the help of the bar, while Eddie Nketiah closed out the game in the 90th minute showing his poaching qualities with a close strike.

The Gunners remain undefeated in domestic cups under Mikel Arteta and will face either Liverpool or Lincoln City in the next round.

•Player ratings

Here are our ratings for the Arsenal players after Wednesday's game.

Bernd Leno - 6

He was rarely tested but made a crucial save in the first half. Looked composed and a solid performance overall.

Rob Holding - 5

His first-half performance was shaky at best, had a few mistakes, and did not seem comfortable with the ball. He was more consistent later on and was one of the few players who tried to find Pepe on the right-wing

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David Luiz - 8

A contender for man of the match, a confident and commanding first start of the season from Luiz. Nullified the threat of Ihenacho well, we hope to see more of these performances from the Brazilian this season.

Sead Kolasinac - 6 

His performance improved from the weekend especially on the defensive side but his lack of confidence with the ball is clear.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 5

It's hard to grade him lower than Kolasinac but he was caught out of position many times, he struggled to find Pepe, and overall seemed uncomfortable on the right-wing. A night to forget after his excellent performances in recent games.

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Mohamed Elneny - 7

A solid night for Elneny, he always seemed to be in a spot to provide pass options for his teammates and did not take any unnecessary risks. Defensively composed but struggled to help the build-up play most of the time.

Joe Willock - 6

Like the team overall, he improved in the second half but he seemed to be a non-factor in the first. The youngster had some nice flashes and tried to bring creativity into the midfield but it led to a few careless turnovers and showed why the coming off the bench role suits him best short-term.

 

Bukayo Saka - 8

The young wing-back was one of the team's main threats through the game, always going forward providing the much-needed creative solutions in the attacking third. He should have been awarded a penalty in the first half and while he drifted inwards a lot while attacking, he did not get rattled when Leicester attacked his flank.

Nicolas Pepe - 6

After very good performances from Willian, there was pressure on Pepe to step up but he could not show why he should be the starter on the right-wing. He did not see the ball too much in the first half but when he did, he could not convert those into meaningful chances. He was better in the second half and looked more confident after his forced own goal. That own goal is what saved his performance and even if it was lucky that's what the team needed at the moment.

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Reiss Nelson - 7

The most pressure seemed to be on him after news broke that he could be loaned out for the season and he answered accordingly. He was a constant threat with the ball and his shot from outside the box in the first half deserved a goal. He was a key player in Arsenal's pressing winning the ball back many times in the opposition's half. He has to be more clinical in future games but his performance can force Arteta to reconsider his place in the squad.

Eddie Nketiah - 6 

The striker found his signature goal in the final minutes of the game which helped the Gunners seal the deal but his presence was absent in the proceedings most of the game. He worked hard all game and the lack of service gated him from excelling but seemed to struggle against Wes Morgan

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Willian - 6

He fared well when he came on, and put the pressure on the Leicester defence.

Dani Ceballos - 6

He came on in the 78th minute and his impact was not huge but did a solid job in the midfield for the remaining minutes.

Hector Bellerin - N/A

He came in for Saka in the 87th minute which was not enough time to rate him properly, but his effort set up Nketiah's goal in the final minutes.

 

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