Nicolas Pepe scored for the fourth time in seven Premier League starts as Arsenal came from behind to beat Leicester City.
Arsenal ended a run of two consecutive away Premier League defeats with an impressive 3-1 victory over high-flying Leicester City on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta’s men fought back from an early Youri Tielemans goal to score through David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, ending a three-game losing streak at the King Power Stadium in the top flight.
The result means Arsenal closed to within three points of sixth-place Liverpool, having played a game more, while Leicester stay third and 13 points behind leaders Manchester City.
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Given their poor start to the game, Arsenal’s performance was as assured as any they have produced in recent weeks and lifted them back into the league’s top 10.
Leicester stay third but, after a surprise Europa League exit to Slavia Prague this week, this was not the way Brendan Rodgers will have wanted them to respond.
The Foxes will hope these defeats do not point to a repeat of 2019-20. They lost on February 28 last year, away to Norwich City, during a six-game winless run that prompted a poor end to their season and a failure to see out a top-four finish.
Pepe starting to peak
Pepe menaced full-back Luke Thomas in the first half to the extent the Leicester man was substituted at half-time on a yellow card.
Having won the free-kick for the equaliser and Lacazette’s penalty, Pepe then started and finished the move that effectively killed the game. He has now scored four times in his most recent seven league starts, as many as in his previous 21 across all competitions.
Leicester lose identity
Leicester seemed out of sorts after going ahead and barely threatened Bernd Leno’s goal from then on, with Jamie Vardy strangely isolated in attack.
The man who scored 11 goals in his first 12 league meetings with Arsenal had 21 touches and failed even to attempt a shot.
Arsenal head to Burnley next Saturday, three days after Leicester face the same opposition at Turf Moor.