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Arsenal back in top 4 as Alexandre Lacazette and Thomas Partey beat Foxes

Alexandre Lacazette and Thomas Partey were targeted as Arsenal regained their place in the Premier League top four with a comfortable 2-0 win over Leicester at the Emirates.

His win puts the Gunners ahead of Manchester United to return to the position they held at the weekend, with a one-point advantage over Ralf Rangnick’s side and also with three games still in hand.

Partey gave Arsenal an early lead with a header from the penalty spot and Lacazette scored from the penalty spot midway through the second half to take all three points.

Lacazette’s goal was the French forward’s first since he started against Norwich on Gifting Day but he has remained without a goal in the open since 11 December and, despite Despite his impressive performances in recent weeks, his future at the club remains uncertain.

Manager Mikel Arteta said before the game that a decision on Lacazette would be made at the end of the season, but the 30-year-old had another solid performance as No 9 at the Emirates.

Arsenal have failed to break into the top four since Arsene Wenger took charge and last season failed to qualify for Europe for the first time since the 1994-95 campaign.

Looking to respond to United’s dramatic win over Tottenham on Saturday, Arsenal found themselves against Leicester in high form, having won five of their last six in all competitions.

The Foxes were unable to keep the Gunners at bay on Sunday, though.

After initial exchanges, Arsenal took the lead when Partey went over the line to head from close range from a Martin Odegaard corner.

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Thomas Partey leads Arsenal (Nick Potts/PA)

Partey almost had an extra second less than 10 minutes later when Arsenal continued to press. When Leicester couldn’t get the ball out, it hit the Ghanaian on the edge of the box and his cut bounced off goal.

Moments later, Gabriel Martinelli tested Kasper Schmeichel with a shot from close range, after referee Anthony Taylor waved a penalty inside the Leicester box for a mix involving Bukayo Saka.

After sitting in his own half for most of the opening, the Foxes broke forward and Aaron Ramsdale had to be on guard as a long Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall cross found Harvey Barnes, the Arsenal goalkeeper saved. lost in his close corner.

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Arsenal penalty awarded after extended VAR review (Nick Potts/PA)

Lacazette had a chance just before half an hour to add to the list of five goals of the season. He created a good chance with his first touch but his low header was too close to Schmeichel.

Barnes added another opener just before half-time, from Marc Albrighton’s corner, but Ramsdale sent the ball over the bar, and it was considered their best chance to level the score. guest.

Arsenal looked to start the second half the same way they did the first, with Schmeichel forced to stop to prevent Saka’s clumsy shot from falling to a Gunners teammate in the far corner.

The second goal Arteta’s side were looking for came just an hour before the penalty spot.

Leicester tried to defend an Arsenal corner, with Schmeichel making a first save before Partey headed home and Foxes defender Luke Thomas shot from close range to save the visitors a 2 lead. -0.

However, there was a VAR review for a Caglar Soyuncu handball in the area that seemed to thwart Partey’s close-range header before Thomas made a save.

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Alexandre Lacazette scores Arsenal’s second from the penalty spot (Nick Potts/PA)

After a lengthy VAR check, the penalty was awarded and Lacazette shot the ball into the top corner to double the lead for his side.

Arsenal had several chances to add to their tally, including a save from Schmeichel to deny Emile Smith Rowe from a tight angle, as the Gunners secured a convincing win.

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