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Gabriel Jesus hits brace, Xhaka & Martinelli net to seal home win

Gabriel Jesus didn’t take long to make an impression at the Emirates stadium.

The striker marked his home debut for Arsenal with two goals and two assists in a 4-2 win against Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday.

Jesus, who joined from as Arsenal’s marquee summer signing so far, opened his account for the Gunners in the 23rd minute with a brilliant, curling finish. He got his second in the 35th from a header and had several chances to finish the game at Emirates Stadium with a hat trick.

The two times Leicester found itself back in the match, Arsenal responded right away.

The visitors made it 2-1 from an own goal by William Saliba in the 53rd, but Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka restored the home side’s two-goal cushion two minutes later. Xhaka scored after Jesus poked a loose ball into his path after Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward failed to hold on to a routine cross into the box and collided with defender Wesley Fofana.

Leicester attacking midfielder James Maddison made it 3-2 in the 74th when he sent a low shot through the legs of Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Line-ups

Arsenal XI: Xhaka, Partey, Zinchenko, Martin Ødegaard, Jesus, Gabriel, Ramsdale, B. White, Martinelli, W. Saliba, Saka

Subs: M.Elneny, Pepe, Tierney, Holding, Matt Turner, Tomiyasu, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, A. Lokonga

Leicester XI: Evans, Vardy, Ward, Amartey, Tielemans, Castagne, Ndidi, Maddison, Justin, K. Dewsbury-Hall, W. Fofana

Subs: Albrighton, Nampalys Mendy, Praet, Ayoze Perez, D. Iversen, Iheanacho, Soyuncu, P. Daka, L. Thomas

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