BOXING DAY EPL: Arsenal Brush Aside Abysmal Chelsea as Leicester Hold United

Manchester United travelled to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon to kick-off Boxing Day’s first fixture. United were hoping to garner 29 points with a win that could enable them go second with a win, while Leicester hoped to go level with Liverpool on points at the summit of the Premier League, with a win.

Brendan Rodgers was pleased with his side’s performance.

And so the game began in typical fashion, as both sides threatened early on, with United going closest with a point blank miss from Marcus Rashford.

Rashford scored for United.

Leicester dominated possession after that second minute Rashford miss, but were undone by the same man, who turned in a fine Bruno Fernandes pass to give the visitors the lead.

Barnes got on the scoresheet for Leicester.

However, the lead lasted for just 7 minutes, when Harvey Barnes buried a Maddison pass in the 31st minute.

The game was fairly even after the break as both sides tried to win albeit with caution. United took the lead late on through in form Portuguese Midfielder, Fernandes, after excellent work from substitute Edinson Cavani.

Vardy broke United’s hearts.

However, United again showed their frailty at the back after Jamie Vardy drew Leicester level after 6 minutes. 2:2 it ended at the King Power Stadium.

Chelsea Gunned Down at the Emirates…

Saka is celebrated by his teammates.

15th placed Arsenal went into this North London derby as underdogs, haven dropped points in 8 previous games. Chelsea on the other hand had been in abysmal form leading up to this game.

And even though the visitors dominated proceedings here at the Emirates, their problems in front of goal showed on the night. Even though Arsenal saw a few chances, they looked more threatening anytime they went forward.

Lacazette with the first for Arsenal.

Arsenal made blunt Chelsea pay, after Lacazette converted the resultant spot kick, after Reece James toppled Tierney in the Chelsea box.

Minutes later, Granit Xhaka who was just returning to the side after serving a three match red card suspension, sent a teasing free kick into the net, as a flying Mendy could not get there in time. 2:0 halftime score!

Xhaka Boom Boom.

Arsenal took the game beyond Chelsea’s reach, after 19-year-old academy graduate, Bukoya Saka lobbed a fine curler from the edge of the box into the far post, as Chelsea’s Mendy remained rooted with a gaping mouth as the ball flew by.

Up till now, Chelsea were yet to register a shot on target. However, the Stamford Bridge side were able to pull one back in the 85th after the VAR judged Tammy Abraham’s goal on side.

A dejected Thiago Silva after the game.

Chelsea were at this point gaining momentum, albeit too late. Mount was brought down in the Arsenal box by Pablo Mari at the death, but Jorginho’s run and skip-styled penalty was well saved by Bernd Leno. 3:1 it ended at the Emirates.

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