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Premier League: Saka Bags Assist Again, Ndidi, Iheanacho In Action As Leicester Force 10-Man Arsenal To Draw

Premier League: Saka Bags Assist Again, Ndidi, Iheanacho In Action As Leicester Force 10-Man Arsenal To Draw

Bukayo Saka has another assist but 
10-man Arsenal were made to settle for a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at the Emirates on Tuesday, Completesports.com reports.

Super Eagles duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi were in Leicester’s starting eleven before they were replaced in the 59th and 82nd minutes respectively.

It was Saka’s 12th assist in all competitions for Arsenal in the current campaign.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had put Arsenal ahead in the first half before Jamie Vardy grabbed a late equaliser.

Aubameyang is now the second ever Arsenal player to score 20-plus Premier League goals in consecutive seasons, after Thierry Henry (five in a row between 2001-02 and 2006-06). 

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And Vardy’s goal made him the fourth player to score at least 10 Premier League goals against Arsenal, after Wayne Rooney (12), Robbie Fowler and Harry Kane (both 10). 

The draw leaves Arsenal in seventh place on 50 points and Leicester in fourth on 59 points.

After dominating the early part of the game Leicester were caught on the counter with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opening scoring on 21 minutes.

Saka was freed down the right-hand side and slid a delightful low pass through to Aubameyang at the far post who slotted home to make it 1-0.

Arsenal kicked into high gear, and created chances for Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette, though Kasper Schmeichel remained resolute to keep the Arsenal lead at just one.

Following the break, David Luiz’s deflected free kick brought about a fine reflex save from Schmeichel.

At the other end, Jamie Vardy picked out strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho with a divine cross, but the front man’s first-time volley was comfortably saved by Emiliano Martinez.

In the 71st minute, Arsenal were reduced to 10 men after Eddie Nketiah was given his marching orders for a high boot on James Justin.

The youngster had only been subbed on minutes prior, and after initially being given a yellow card, the referee upgraded the punishment to a red after consulting with the VAR pitchside monitor.

It would ultimately prove costly, when in the 85th minute, Vardy survived a lengthy VAR review for a potential offside to level the scores with a fine first-time finish.

Despite the man advantage, Leicester created relatively little as the game wound down, ensuring both sides ultimately had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

By James Agberebi 

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  • Collins id 1 year ago

    Hmmmm this saka will be very usefull to us oh. The guy posseses lots of wisdom of the game. I hope he turns out for eagles.

  • Pompei 1 year ago

    Saka is the type of player that the SE needs to improve an already good team. What excites me about the lad is his ability to pick a pass, create chances for others around him. Just look at the tap in he gave Aubameyang today. Even a pot bellied old man will score that one with his eyes closed. Osimhen, Dessers, Sadiq and co. will be in dreamland if this guy agrees to play for us.
    BTW, our boy is back! I held back from saying this earlier, because I wanted to observe him over a few games. But Iheanacho has been showing the desire that we used to see in the past. That hunger, that eye of the tiger, I see it again! Now he has to keep doing it consistently.

  • Prince 1 year ago

    I watched this match with so much joy and pride in my heart !!!
    3 of our very own sons showcase their quality and talents !!!

    Kudos to Ndidi, Nacho (for The foxes) and Saka (for The Gooners) respectively !!!


    Proudly 9ja !!!

  • GLORY 1 year ago

    Anyone who honestly want Saka to play for SE should not be starting off a media campaign for his invitation, as the Rohr scouting team is based in England and for sure know what to do. Saka is not out of their sight. They, the scouting team have been doing some fantastic job and we must trust them on this Saka case wherein if Saka chooses England ahead of nigeria, it will definitely not be a case that he did, because he wasn’t approached by Nigeria but simply because he prefers England. Media campaign makes it ever difficult for the scouting team to convince these players,as only the players’ agents tend to gain. So we should please stop.

    • Pompei 1 year ago

      Yes we know, but e no easy ooo! It’s like asking someone who is about to collect a sum of money that will change his life for the better to relax. Human nature no go gree. Even if the room is chilled with AC, the guy go dey sweat profusely 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Hopefully, Rohr and his scouts are working hard behind the scenes to secure this guy for the SE. As you said, if it doesn’t work out, let it not be because our scouts dropped the ball!

  • We have approached him. Something tells me the boy would declare for Nigeria. He once rejected the Anglo Nigerian tag. However if he declares for England heaven will not fall. SE will still be super eagles

  • With the pace of Saka’s growth withing the team and his sense of acceptance in Arsenal, I sincerely doubt his readiness to wear the Green and white of Nigeria. The England team are monitoring seriously.