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Leicester 0-1 Arsenal: Gunners strengthen case for Premier League success after 10th away day win

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:15, 25 February 2023

It’s been long accepted the Premier League title race this season will ebb and flow with anything less than collecting all three points on a single matchday feeling like defeat.

Arsenal, kicking off before Manchester City, extended their lead over Pep Guardiola’s side to five points after running out 1-0 winners against Leicester City at King Power Stadium this afternoon.

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Mikel Arteta’s leaders were indebted to Gabriel Martinelli, back in the Gunners‘ starting lineup, who broke the deadlock mere seconds into the second half. It was his ninth league strike of the season, with four of those being game-openers, which makes him the club’s top scorer this season.

The victory was also Arsenal’s tenth away win after 13 road games, one more than last term across 19 matches, it represents the second time (following 10 in 2020/21) in their past eight campaigns they’ve reached double figures for away wins.

In seasons gone by this would have been a banana skin but Arsenal under Arteta are made of sterner stuff and thoroughly dominated proceedings — attempting 609 passes, well above their season average of 524.2 — while posting 10 shots on goal with two on target.

More than anything, ending a four-game run of conceding, would have pleased their Spanish tactician as he’ll know defence wins championships. In fact, they’ve now kept a clean sheet in 10 of their 24 games, only Newcastle United (12) sit above them in this statistical table.