Thomas Partey was in inspired form on Sunday as Arsenal beat Leicester City to earn a fifth successive Premier League win and maintain their push to secure Champions League football.
Partey headed in unchallenged from Gabriel Martinelli’s corner after 11 minutes as the hosts capitalised on their dominant start.
The Ghanaian also struck the crossbar as Arsenal pressed for a second, while goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was twice called upon to deny Harvey Barnes – including a superb reaction save from a header – as the visitors threatened before half-time.
But, after Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu was penalised for handball following a lengthy video assistant referee review, Alexandre Lacazette fired in a 59th-minute penalty to put the Gunners in control.
Soyuncu received only a yellow card as Partey’s still goal-bound header was cleared off the line by the alert Luke Thomas.
However, there was to be no way back for Brendan Rodgers’s side, who remain 12th in the table.
The deserved victory at Emirates Stadium lifted Arsenal back into fourth place, one point above Manchester United, who beat fellow top-four contenders Tottenham on Saturday.
The goal was Partey’s second of the season for the Gunners with a couple of assists to his name.
Partey is really enjoying himself this season. Earlier in the week, the club named him as their best player for the month of February.