Arsenal scored their opening goal from a set-piece against Leicester, their fourth from a dead ball situation as their new coach starts to pay off.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal scores their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal scores their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Four months ago, it was confirmed that Arsenal had hired a set-piece coach from Manchester City.

Nicolas Jover left Manchester to come to London as Arsenal looked to replace Andreas Georgson.

Georgson, who joined Arsenal from Brentford, left Arsenal after less than a year when the chance to become Sports Director at Malmo presented itself.

“Yeah, we had a situation in the summer with Andreas [Georgson], where he had the possibility to leave to his country,” Arteta explained in July.

“He had different reasons to do that and I understood that situation, so we needed to recruit somebody.

“After looking through what the best solution would be, a person that I know was on the market, was available, is someone whose expertise are incredibly useful and valuable for us. He’s joining us.

“His name is Nicolas Jover and I’ve worked with him before at City.”

Gabriel’s fifth-minute header against Leicester at the King Power on Saturday, from Buayo Saka’s corner, was Arsenal’s fourth Premier League set-piece goal of the season.

Only Liverpool, with five, have scored more.

Georgson had already helped Arsenal become the best side in the league, defensively, from set-pieces.

Saka’s assist, in his 100th game, was also his 21st since he broke into the first team in July 2018.

That’s three more assists than any other player at the club in that time.

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