Ghana wing-half Jeffrey Schlupp and his Leicester City side watched their enviable Premier League unbeaten record crash down before their home fans as Arsenal hammered them 5-2 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Alexis Sanchez finally opened his account for the season with a stunning hat-trick as the Gunners inflicted Leicester’s first defeat of the campaign. “Thirty years in football now, I know what is important is to play football well”.
Vardy pulled one back for Leicester in the 89th minute with a curling effort from an angle before Olivier Giroud came off the bench to wrap it up in injury-time when firing home Nacho Monreal’s cross.
Arsene Wenger has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s latest attack but he must have felt like a king after Arsenal’s emphatic statement of intent, ahead of another crucial week. He is a very chilled, relaxed man, he always plays with a smile on his face and that’s what you want in a team.
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.
Walcott revelled in another start at centre-forward and capped a widely-praised performance with his fifth goal in six games for club and country.
The former Fleetwood striker admitted he is now in the form of his life but wants results to back it up.
Walcott said: “It could have been 12-8, it was that kind of game“.
But the north Londoners responded soon afterwards with an equaliser from Theo Walcott before Alexis Sanchez edged them in front just after the half-hour mark.
The erudite Italian recently turned to offering pizza as an incentive for his players to increase their number of shut outs. “He won a big competition with Chile – the Copa America – and to adjust again to a competitive level when you come back takes some time“, Wenger said.
And when asked if he believed he got away with everything, in reference to another Mourinho comment, Wenger replied: “No, I didn’t realise that, I must say”.
Ranieri was encouraged with the fighting spirit shown by his players on the day and has called for a response when they travel to Norwich City next.