Arsenal player ratings vs Leicester: Bukayo Saka excels as Nicolas Pepe’s slow burn proves vital

Bernd Leno: Stared well with his new competition on the bench, coming off his line quickly to save a couple of early Leicester shots. Remained calm with the ball to build from the back. A solid performance overall. 6

Rob Holding: The centre-back had a shaky start to the right of the defence, mistiming a jump for a header which led to a Kelechi Iheanacho shot. Minutes later he had time to calculate a header further forward but planted it into the feet of a Leicester player. Had a scare when he was forced backwards midway through the first half but he was able to deal with the situation. Was more consistent in regard to his passing in the second half. 6

David Luiz: Had an assured game and was ready to intervene when needed. When the Foxes cut crosses back into the box, he was there. When loose balls dropped behind the midfield, he was there. Although he had a scare when colliding with Leno, his performance was key to the win. 7

Sead Kolasinac: Had a steady start in which he didn’t complicate anything but his lack of confidence with the ball was telling. His positioning when receiving passes from Luiz in build-up almost led to a Leicester chance which understandably annoyed the Brazilian. Had some good moments in defence when Leicester attacked late on. 5

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Returning to the side at right wing-back, the 23-year-old didn’t look as impressive as he has done in recent months under Arteta. He was more conservative than usual, opting to hold his position rather than roaming and creating problems for his opposition. Started the second half better using his body well to create angles to pass in behind the Leicester defence. Was a tad lax at times which put Arsenal under unneeded pressure. 5

Mohamed Elneny: Didn’t quite match his impressive outings against Liverpool and Fulham as he didn’t have as big an impact on the Arsenal…