On Arsene Wenger’s 69th birthday, Arsenal pulled out the party pieces.
Unai Emery’s team had to graft for their 10th consecutive win as Leicester threatened to rip up the script when Ben Chilwell gave them a deserved lead.
But when Arsenal clicked into gear, they were simply irresistible. Simply unstoppable.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Leno 7; Bellerin 7, Mustafi 6.5, Holding 5.5, Lichtsteiner 6.5 (Aubameyang 61, 8) ; Torreira 7, Xhaka 6.5; Mkhitaryan 6 (Guendouzi 61, 6), Ozil 9 (Ramsey 80), Iwobi 7.5; Lacazette 7. Subs not used: Martinez, Welbeck, Medley, Smith-Rowe. Booking: Holding, Xhaka
Manager: Emery: 7.5
LEICESTER (3-4-1-2):Schmeichel 6.5; Amartey 6.5, Maguire 7, Evans 7; Pereira 6.5 (Ghezzal 69), Ndidi 7, Mendy 7, Chilwell 7.5; Maddison 7.5 (Okazaki 75); Iheanacho 7 (Albrighton 61), Vardy 6.5. Subs not used: Ward, Soyuncu, Albrighton,, Iborra, Fuchs. Booked: Pereira, Albrigton
Manager: Puel: 7
Referee: Chris Kavanagh – 4
First, the brilliant Mesut Ozil – captain for the night – levelled before Pierre Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal ahead just seconds after entering as a substitute.
And, perhaps, fittingly; Arsenal’s audacious third had Wenger’s stamp all over it. Dummies, one-touch football – passing the ball into the net. Just how Wenger wanted it.
But Emery is the man in charge now – and what a fine job he is doing in shaking Arsenal out of the malaise that had engulfed them during the final years of Wenger’s reign.
When the going got tough, and at various junctures it got really tough, Emery’s side toiled, persevered.
But when it was time to dazzle, boy did they.
Under Emery, Arsenal look to be going places. Arsene who?