Receiving the 3rd consecutive defeat in the Premier League, the chances of being in the Top 4 of Arsenal are becoming more fragile than ever …
In the round where Tottenham failed and Chelsea and Man Utd will have to face a direct battle, the opportunity to win a place in the Top 4 for Arsenal. Guests on Leicester’s King Power Stadium, Unai Emery coach does not have Mesut Ozil’s service due to injury. Replace the German star in the starting lineup, Alex Iwobi.
Unsurprisingly, before a Leicester was out of goal, Arsenal with the usual weaknesses when having to do guests still competed in the back. The students of Unai Emery coach face difficulties in the game against the hostility of the home team. The absence of Ozil also caused the Gunners’ ball to become incoherent and easily captured.
Tielemans and Maddison had a chance, but the final finishes deflected Bernd Leno’s goal into the net. It wasn’t until the 23rd minute that Arsenal created the first wave of the ball but unfortunately Alexandre Lacazette shot the ball into the air.
The next few minutes of the first half saw Arsenal have to support themselves and if not for Leno in the wooden frame, the goal had come. In just 1 minute (27 and 28), the German goalkeeper blocked Maddison’s two consecutive finishes and Ndidi. A few minutes later, Vardy escaped down very smartly but unfortunately he put the ball back in a narrow column.
After 35 minutes, Arsenal had the best chance from the start of the match but Iwobi was too good for Schmeichel to make a difficult save. Shortly after this ball, the disaster struck the visitors when young talent Ainsley Maitland-Niles received a second yellow card and left the field in the 36th minute.
The rest of the first half, consecutive pressure is Leicester created, especially in the right corridor of Arsenal. In the 42nd minute, Leno once again saved when Vardy easily escaped Mustafi’s pursuit and headed into a tight corner.
After the break, it was still a one-sided posture leaning towards Leicester. The overwhelming amount of pressure created by Brendan Rodgers’ students and finally, the opening goal came. 59 minutes, Maddison made a beautiful cross for Tielemans to hit the head with a fierce header that Leno could only watch. 1-0 for the home team.
Having goals helped the Leicester players become more excited while Arsenal continued to climb the ball very deadly. If Leno did not have an excellent day, perhaps the visitors had conceded no less than 3 goals. Typically, the situation in the 74th minute when the German goalkeeper had two consecutive saves, not to mention, the vertical column also denied Tielemans a double with a bold finish from outside the penalty area.
For the remainder of the match, Emery coach Guendouzi and talented 19-year-old Eddie Nketiah came on the field in hopes of finding a goal. However, Arsenal could not once make Schmeichel have to show up with weak and deadlocked efforts.
Even in the 87th minute, Leno had to go to the net to pick up the ball for the second time. From Schmeichel’s long pass, Koscielny missed the ball to allow Vardy to escape. Vardy’s first finish gave the ball a touch of the crossbar but he was still able to hit the head with an empty net. The Gunners’ sad day ended in the last minute of stoppage time when defender Ricardo Pereira went into the ball like a man before entering the penalty area, giving Vardy the ball to easily complete the double.
In the end, Arsenal lost 0-3, the third straight defeat and the fourth in the last five matches in the Premier League. The Gunners continued to stomp in 5th place and could completely fall to 6th if Man Utd took all 3 points against Chelsea …