2021-22 English Premier League
  • Thomas Partey (11')
  • Alexandre Lacazette (59' PEN)

Arsenal move into top four after impressive win over Leicester City

Michallik: Confidence oozes out of Martin Odegaard (1:55)

Janusz Michallik praises Martin Odegaard's recent performance against Leicester City as Arsenal secure their fifth win in a row. (1:55)

Arsenal continued their fine form and returned to the top four with an impressive 2-0 win over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Thomas Partey opened the scoring in the early stages and Alexandre Lacazette netted a second-half penalty as Mikel Arteta's side leapfrogged Manchester United into the Champions League places.

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The result extends Arsenal's winning run in the Premier League to five matches and they still have three games in hand on United.

The defeat leaves Leicester in 12th position in the league table as they set their sets on the Europa Conference League in midweek.

"We have a very strong belief in the group and play with a lot of confidence," Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard said.

"We just have to keep going. Everyone believes in what we are doing."

Arsenal started well and took an early lead after 11 minutes when Partey glanced home from Gabriel Martinelli's corner.

It was the 12th goal that Brendan Rodgers' side have conceded from a corner this season.

Partey almost grabbed his second seven minutes later but his effort from outside of the box crashed off the crossbar and away from danger.

The visitors started to gain a foothold in the game and Arsenal needed Ben White to produce a last-gasp tackle to deny a tap-in for James Maddison.

Leicester came close to equalising after 36 minutes but Aaron Ramsdale produced a stunning save to thwart Harvey Barnes' close-range header.

The hosts were awarded a penalty after 59 minutes following a long VAR check as Caglar Soyuncu handled Partey's goalbound header off the line.

Lacazette stepped up and hammered the ball into the top corner from the spot to double Arsenal's lead.

Emile Smith Rowe made his comeback from injury off the bench and almost grabbed a goal late on but was denied by Kasper Schmeichel.

The Gunners host second-placed Liverpool at the Emirates on Wednesday.

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 14 +22 37
2 Manchester City 14 +26 32
3 Newcastle United 15 +18 30
4 Tottenham Hotspur 15 +10 29
5 Manchester United 14 0 26
6 Liverpool 14 +11 22
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 +4 21
8 Chelsea 14 0 21
9 Fulham 15 -2 19
10 Brentford 15 -2 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -3 19
12 Aston Villa 15 -6 18
13 Leicester City 15 0 17
14 AFC Bournemouth 15 -14 16
15 Leeds United 14 -4 15
16 West Ham United 15 -5 14
17 Everton 15 -6 14
18 Nottingham Forest 15 -19 13
19 Southampton 15 -14 12
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -16 10