You can dress up the 2-0 result of the Leicester Vs Arsenal game how you like, but a defeat is a defeat. Some will say that Arsenal were in with a shout and that had they taken their chances, things would have been different but the stats don’t lie.
Looking at the stats from the Leicester Vs Arsenal game, Leicester had 19 shots to Arsenal’s 8. Leicester had 7 on target to Arsenal’s 1 but in terms of possession, it was a closer run thing with 51% for the hosts to Arsenal’s 49% but visually that didn’t appear to be the case.
Leicester were the embodiment of endeavour, everywhere you looked across the field of play, someone was bursting forward searching for openings and testing Arsenal’s defence.
Arsenal were the complete opposite, sitting back, waiting for a lapse in concentration or a gift wrapped opening. The ball went square, passes in a backwards direction were preferred to those going forward. They seemed sluggish and demotivated and none typified this more than Lucas Torreira.
A shadow of his former self with the weight of the world on his shoulders and he looked completely out of salts. What has Emery done to this superb little player ?
Leicester Vs Arsenal was a contest where it was clear that one club were in the ascent, while the other was on the descent. Emery now cuts a lonely and desperate figure rolling the dice but with the same predictable results.
A back three, Ozil’s return to the side, Bellerin in an advanced role, Luiz marshalling the line but it was all to no avail. Arsenal still lost to a far more effective and compact team and in the first 45, they were content to do lots of defending, almost admiring their host’s sweeping football.
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Leicester played the way Arsenal used to and they had a grip on this game from the first whistle. Arsenal were left with the hope that their opposition would get sloppy and allow them to launch a counter attack. Arsenal are kings of sloppy play and they are so disjointed that the team doesn’t function and neither do the individual parts.
Lacazette missed a sitter and Aubameyang had a goal disallowed but apart from that, they didn’t really look like they were at the races.
Leicester have a solid engine, full of energy and ambition. They spray the ball across the pitch but they are willing to support in numbers to give themselves opportunities.
Arsenal ? I’m not sure what the plan was or even if there was one. Aubameyang was almost on the periphery as a wing back, we have wing backs for that !!
It seemed that Emery was looking for a point first and foremost and a win if possible and although there were some good things from Arsenal, they never looked likely to get the three crucial points from the Leicester Vs Arsenal game they needed.
At the final whistle, the faces of the teams couldn’t have been more contrasting. Brendan Rogers joined his jubilant Leicester players to applaud their supporters and to embrace his players. Arsenal’s players trudged off the field with pained expressions, while their coach Unai Emery departed down the tunnel as if the police were going to apprehend him for a crime.
The Spaniard is now overseeing a substantial collapse of the side in just about every way possible and his entire demeanour on the touchline is that of someone looking down the barrel of a gun, hoping the chamber is empty.
Leicester, who had been so clinical against Southampton, managed to squander a host of chances before Vardy got his obligatory goal in 68th minute and he also assisted James Maddison in the 75th.
From the stands, Arsenal chiefs Edu and Raul Sanllehi sat with blank expressions, no doubt wondering how things have managed to descend into chaos at such speed.
When Emery arrived, then CEO Ivan Gazidis announced proudly:
“He has a fantastic record of success wherever he has gone and interestingly one of the noteworthy things about Unai’s teams in that they improve over time.”
Perhaps Gazidis was having one last laugh at the fans expense, having been shafted by Stan Kroenke. In the meantime, the gap gets wider and the task of automatic qualification to the CL looks more unlikely. They may want to give Emery time but how much does he need ?
The minutes of added time were indicated from the board on the touchline but in all honesty, Arsenal would have needed another forty to fashion a chance in the Leicester Vs Arsenal fixture.
Neither Aubameyang or Lacazette appear to be enjoying life at the Emirates and I’m convinced one of them will not sign an extension to remain at the Emirates. Who would ?