Leicester City 2 Arsenal 5
( Vardy 13, 89, Walcott 18, Alexis, 33, 57, 81, Giroud 90 )

Arsenal produced a scintillating performance at the King Power stadium to thrash Leicester City 5-2 in a high intensity and high energy game in which Alexis Sanchez netted his first Premier League hat trick. He becomes the first ever player to achieve that feat in Italy, Spain and now in England. The Foxes hitherto unbeaten start to the season looked to be in danger despite two goals from Jamie Vardy, the first of which gave the home side the lead. But Arsenal showed their resilience and true attacking instinct and flair with Theo Walcott’s leveller and substitute Olivier Giroud adding the final goal of the afternoon, all either side of Alexis’ memorable treble, which left Arsene Wenger confirming his striker’s world class status.

” I think I have plenty of players that are world class. You have to understand the definition of that but overall he is a striker who is mobile and works hard for the team. When the team plays well he can score goals.” Alexis’s early season dip was due in no small part to Chile’s lifting of the Copa America agreed Wenger, but he always backed his player to deliver.

” He is back to his level. He won a big competition with Chile – the Copa America. I think as well mentally to adjust to the game on a mental level takes some time. I could see in training a different player in the last week or two and he has shown that today. I believe going forward he always looked dangerous.”

Their fan shaped clackers in hand, the City fans always get behind their team and produce a special atmosphere. Claudio Ranieri set his side to attack through Riyad Mahrez and Vardy. When an Arsenal attack stalled, the ball broke to Mahrez. He looked up to find Vardy, whose quick feet and header nodded into his own path to set up the curled effort past Cech for the games opener. It was his fourth consecutive Premier League goal, but the lead lasted just five minutes.

It was Arsenal’s turn to turn up the heat. Santi Cazorla fed Walcott who outpaced his marker and hit low with his left foot and past the sprawling dive of Kasper Schmeichel Cool as you like, Arsenal were level. The passage of play just prior to the leveller saw Vardy twice hit the woodwork as the pace of the game continued its electric vein.

Arsenal took the lead with Alexis’s first goal of the season. No luck in six earlier outings, the Chile striker had a simple tap in after Hector Bellerin’s cross attracted Walcott and the Foxes defence, which left Alexis with the easiest of goals he is likely to score all season.

Arsenal extended their lead 12 minutes after the break. Another swift quick passing move and Bellerin raced to find Alexis. He then fed Mesut Özil, and having spotted his continued run, the German produced a sublime left footed chip which Alexis out jumped Schmeichel to head into his net for 3-1 to the Gunners.

The ebb and flow of the game continued, and it was a pleasure to witness both sides attacking intent. Alexis completed his hat trick with the best goal of the game. Nacho Monreal took a throw in midway in the Leicester half. Alexis collected the ball, and with one touch took himself beyond Kante before unleashing a right footed pile driver to beat Schmeichel at his near post for a 4-1 scoreline. It was Alexis first treble in the Premier League, and Arsenal were still not finished. Leicester knew that despite their comeback kings’ tag, this would prove to be a task too much to overcome, but still the Foxes went forward.

Petr Cech kept out Kramoric’s close effort, but as they revived the ball, there was Vardy to curl in his second of the afternoon. The pace of the game continued despite the late autumn heat and the intensity that had preceded it. But Arsenal still went in search for a fifth goal. Monreal raced away from Özil’s pass and crossed for substitute Olivier Giroud to clip in from close range for a 5-2 scoreline, and another famous win for the Gunners, leaving Wenger happy with the win, and complimentary on City’s overall game.

” I want us to score goals but I must say Leicester played well and to play a good football game there needs to be two teams. They had the stronger start, they pushed us on our back foot from the start when they scored the first goal and I must say I was concerned after that as I thought they were close to scoring a second one and it would have made it difficult. We found the resources to equalise and after that our technical quality and the pace of our strikers gave them problems and we managed to make it 2-1 before half-time. In the second half we controlled the game and looked always like we could add another one,” said Wenger.