Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez rediscovered his goalscoring touch as his hat-trick ended Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season.

Jamie Vardy had put the Foxes ahead with a superb finish from a tight angle after a clinical counter attack.

Theo Walcott equalised when Leicester were themselves caught on the break.

Sanchez then took control of the contest with his treble – the pick his third from long range – as Vardy and Olivier Giroud netted late on.

Sanchez, who scored 25 goals last season for the Gunners, had failed to find the net in eight games across all competitions before this contest.

The result means Leicester are now without a win against Arsenal in 18 Premier League games, stretching back to November 1994.

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Sanchez finding his stride

Following a relatively subdued start to the season, Sanchez showed his undoubted quality at the King Power Stadium.

He scored his first goal of the term with a classic poacher’s effort when he tapped in from close range after good work down the right by Hector Bellerin.

From the moment the ball hit the back of the net the former Barcelona forward’s confidence came flooding back.

He appeared in dangerous areas, ran at defenders, and it was inevitable he would add to his tally later in the game.

Sanchez claimed his a second with a brave header, with his hat-trick the pick of his three goals as he struck a low, powerful shot past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Ranieri must plug leaky defence

Leicester have ridden their luck somewhat in their impressive start to the season, and against one of last term’s top four it inevitably ran out.

Even when they were winning games Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was complaining about how his side must learn to keep clean sheets.

The erudite Italian recently

turned to offering pizza

as an incentive for his players to increase their number of shut outs.

His culinary offerings might make quirky headlines but extra time on the training ground might be what’s required to shore up Leicester’s leaky rearguard.

Failure to do so and Leicester might find that they start to slide down the table if the goals start to dry up at the other end.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet
  • 06 Huth
  • 05 Morgan
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 14 Kanté
  • 04 Drinkwater Booked (Kramaric – 78′ )
  • 11 Albrighton (Ulloa – 64′ )
  • 20 Okazaki (King – 45′ )
  • 09 Vardy

Substitutes

  • 10 King
  • 17 Simpson
  • 19 Kramaric
  • 23 Ulloa
  • 32 Schwarzer
  • 33 Inler
  • 36 Dodoo

Arsenal

  • 33 Cech
  • 24 Bellerín
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 18 Monreal
  • 20 Flamini (Arteta – 21′ Booked )
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 16 Ramsey (Oxlade-Chamberlain – 77′ )
  • 11 Özil
  • 17 Sánchez
  • 14 Walcott (Giroud – 80′ )

Substitutes

  • 02 Debuchy
  • 03 Gibbs
  • 08 Arteta
  • 12 Giroud
  • 13 Ospina
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 21 Chambers
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 32,047


Match Stats

Possession

42




58

Shots

16




26

On target

7




12

Corners

6




5

Fouls

9




12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leicester City 2, Arsenal 5.

90:00 +4:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Arsenal 5.

90:00 +2:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 2, Arsenal 5. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nacho Monreal with a cross.

90:00 +1:18

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:18

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

90:00 +0:45

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:45

Foul by Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City).

89:30

Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

88:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 2, Arsenal 4. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

88:08

Attempt saved. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

87:55

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a cross.

86:23

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:23

Foul by N’Golo Kanté (Leicester City).

86:00

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

85:40

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

84:14

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Petr Cech.

84:06

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric with a cross.

83:14

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Petr Cech.

83:12

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kasper Schmeichel.

80:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Arsenal 4. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nacho Monreal.

79:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Theo Walcott.

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Andrej Kramaric replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

76:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Aaron Ramsey.

75:19

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Robert Huth.

75:15

Attempt blocked. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

75:13

Attempt blocked. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín.

73:51

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

73:51

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:49

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

71:30 Booking

Booking Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:25

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:25

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

70:59

Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

70:07

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

68:00 Booking

Booking Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

67:55

Hand ball by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

66:48

Attempt missed. N’Golo Kanté (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy King.

66:01

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

65:11

Attempt missed. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa following a corner.

64:37

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

63:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Marc Albrighton.

63:05

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

63:01

Attempt blocked. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

60:03

Attempt missed. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

59:23

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín.

58:45

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:45

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

56:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Arsenal 3. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a through ball.

56:12

Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

55:37

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

55:37

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:11

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:11

Foul by N’Golo Kanté (Leicester City).

53:33

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

53:31

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a cross.

52:22

Attempt blocked. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

51:58

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Robert Huth.

51:47

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

49:44

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

49:44

N’Golo Kanté (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:36

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

49:35

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

45:00

Second Half begins Leicester City 1, Arsenal 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Shinji Okazaki.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leicester City 1, Arsenal 2.

45:00 +0:58

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

45:00 +0:58

Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:01

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by N’Golo Kanté.

43:58

Hand ball by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

42:16

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

42:16

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:35

Attempt blocked. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

39:01

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:01

Foul by Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City).

37:44

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:44

Foul by Robert Huth (Leicester City).

37:09

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

37:09

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:26

Dangerous play by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

36:26

Robert Huth (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:56

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

34:56

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Arsenal 2. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

28:15

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

25:32

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

25:32

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:15

Offside, Arsenal. Alexis Sánchez tries a through ball, but Santiago Cazorla is caught offside.

21:33

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

20:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Mikel Arteta replaces Mathieu Flamini because of an injury.

17:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Arsenal 1. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a through ball following a fast break.

17:12

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

16:50

Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

16:15

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

15:22

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

15:16

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

13:48

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

12:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Arsenal 0. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

9:59

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

9:43

Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

8:37

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:37

Foul by Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City).

6:20

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

6:19

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

4:38

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Mathieu Flamini.

3:50

Foul by Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal).

3:50

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:44

Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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