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2022-23 English Premier League
  • Gabriel Jesus (23', 35')
  • Granit Xhaka (55')
  • Gabriel Martinelli (75')
  • William Saliba (53' OG)
  • James Maddison (74')

Gabriel Jesus bags double as Arsenal beat Leicester in thriller

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Steve Nicol reacts to Gabriel Jesus' performance in Arsenal's 4-2 win over Leicester. (1:53)

Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus scored twice to open his account for the club as Mikel Arteta's side beat Leicester City 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Arsenal exuded quality in the first half and took the lead 23 minutes in. Jesus received the ball on the left of the penalty area from Granit Xhaka and curled an audacious lobbed effort over Danny Ward into the far corner.

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Jesus, 25, impressed in preseason, netting seven goals in five matches. He extended his goalscoring run by doubling Arsenal's lead 12 minutes after his opener -- heading home at the back post from close range after Gabriel Martinelli's corner was flicked on by Jamie Vardy.

"I am so happy because we played so good against a tough opponent," Jesus said. "I work all day every day to score goals. I was not unhappy at Manchester City, I just wanted to play and the club understood."

Soon after, Leicester were awarded a penalty, but the decision was overturned after a VAR check which adjudged Vardy to have gone to ground too easily.

Arsenal momentarily lost their comfortable advantage early in the second half as William Saliba headed into his own net, but two minutes later Xhaka pounced on a mistake between Wesley Fofana and goalkeeper Ward to restore the two-goal cushion.

James Maddison again closed the gap in the 74th minute as he drilled a shot between Aaron Ramsdale's legs, but Arsenal provided yet another instant response with Martinelli scoring just a minute later after being given space to take aim outside the penalty area.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Arsenal 19 +29 50
2 Manchester City 20 +33 45
3 Newcastle United 20 +22 39
4 Manchester United 20 +7 39
5 Tottenham Hotspur 21 +9 36
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 +10 31
7 Fulham 21 +2 31
8 Brentford 20 +4 30
9 Liverpool 19 +9 29
10 Chelsea 20 +1 29
11 Aston Villa 20 -4 28
12 Crystal Palace 20 -9 24
13 Nottingham Forest 20 -19 21
14 Leicester City 20 -7 18
15 Leeds United 19 -7 18
16 West Ham United 20 -8 18
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 -18 17
18 AFC Bournemouth 20 -23 17
19 Everton 20 -13 15
20 Southampton 20 -18 15