Gabriel Jesus made a strong announcement of his arrival at the Emirates Stadium with a brace in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Leicester.
The Brazilian’s quality shone throughout the Gunners’ first home game of the season, in which he put the hosts ahead with a curled shot before scoring his second header before the break.
William Saliba’s own goal early in the second half brought the sides closer, but Granit Xhaka immediately restored the Gunners’ lead.
The visitors, who stayed in the game thanks to good saves from goalkeeper Danny Ward, recovered from another deficit through James Maddison, but Gabriel Martinelli reacted immediately to ensure his side’s perfect start to the season.
Arsenal were looking for back-to-back wins after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in their Premier League opener.
Mikel Arteta’s line-up has remained unchanged since that win, and Brendan Rodgers also remained in the same starting XI that drew 2-2 with Brentford last time out.
It was the visitors who had the earliest chance as Wesley Fofana drove into the area from the left and aimed a slow, rolling try at the waiting Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal almost scored an early opener from a 10th-minute free-kick when Martinelli singled out Jesus, whose headshot sailed into the side netting from six yards out.
Moments later, the Foxes found another chance through James Justin, who couldn’t put the finishing touches on the ball.
Xhaka almost put the Gunners ahead in the 20th minute but Leicester had a lucky break when his header ricocheted off the left post and the rebound caught Oleksandr Zinchenko, who went wide of the target with his own try.
Jesus finally set the Emirates on fire after the hosts worked their way back into the box from midfield and a quick pass from Xhaxa landed at the feet of the summer newcomer, who wasted no time in tying his Arsenal account with a sweeping shot to the upper right corner to open up corner.
It wasn’t long before the Gunners doubled their advantage with a set piece from the left. Leicester failed to clear as Jesus rose to meet the diversion and drive his second afternoon home.
Jesus started chasing a hat-trick and almost did it after finding himself in a one-on-one with Leicester keeper Ward, who made a solid stop to prevent further first-half damage when Wilfred Ndidi put in a sliding tackle to bring him down on the Brazilian.
Leicester thought they had won a penalty after Ramsdale made contact with Jamie Vardy but the penalty was ticked off after a VAR review.
The second half got off to an unlucky start for the hosts as Saliba cost them a clean sheet with an early own goal.
But Arsenal reacted immediately and restored their advantage less than two minutes later. Ward was unable to save a long ball from Ben White and it proved costly after Xhaka tumbled and shot home from the middle of the six-yard box.
Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho set up Maddison at right for the sturdy Foxes’ second spot but, as before, the Gunners responded within a minute, with Martinelli scoring to score for the first time in three consecutive Premier League games and the three points to seal.
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