Leicester 0-2 Arsenal: Gabriel and Smith Rowe on target as Gunners pass Foxes test to continue resurgence

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Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions as goals from Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe earned an impressive 2-0 win away at Leicester.

A lightning start proved decisive as the Gunners scored twice in the opening 20 minutes before keeping the Foxes at bay, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in sensational form.

After losing their opening three league games of the season, Mikel Arteta’s side have improved markedly but this was always expected to be a stiff test of their resurgence, against a Foxes side enjoying their own upturn in form.

Arteta was boosted by the availability of defender Ben White after illness as he named the same XI that had started the victory over Aston Villa last Friday.

It was White’s centre-back partner, Gabriel, who opened the scoring as the Gunners exhibited their new-found set-piece prowess, the Brazilian heading home Bukayo Saka’s fifth-minute corner.

Less than a quarter-of-an-hour later the lead was doubled as Smith Rowe swept home his fourth goal of the season at the end of a breakaway move.

The Gunners had chances to add a third but Leicester improved as half-time approached and came mightily close to halving the deficit, only for Ramsdale’s wonder-save to keep out a James Maddison free-kick.

A double change from Brendan Rodgers, sending on Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman, saw his side improve markedly after the break but they found Ramsdale too good on several occasions, while at the other end Kasper Schmeichel was sharp to deny Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a clincher.

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