Arsenal moved further away from a place in the top four after slipping to a 2-0 defeat away to Leicester City this evening.
Unsurprisingly – considering each side’s form – Leicester started the brighter, dominating possession in the opening exchanges.
Despite playing with three centre-backs and getting all eleven men behind the ball when the Foxes had possession Arsenal looked far from solid, though they did look dangerous on the break with their front three of Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
While it was an open and entertaining first 45 minutes of football, neither side could make the breakthrough, with Jamie Vardy and Lacazette, going closest for their respective sides.
Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was handed a great chance to open the scoring just after the break, but the Nigerian international hit the bar from 10 yards out, before Arsenal had a tidy finish by skipper Aubameyang ruled out by VAR for offside.
Brendan Rodgers side did finally get their goal on 67 minutes though, talisman Jamie Vardy finishing off a wonderfully slick team move, before James Maddison fired a superb low drive into the corner of Bernd Leno’s net from the edge of the box with just 15 minutes left on the clock.
Jamie Vardy has now scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal (9) than Didier Drogba. 😱 pic.twitter.com/aFrPLMsawy
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Speaking after the game Gunners boss Unai Emery seemed bizarrely pleased with his sides showing, something that will do little to increase his popularity with his clubs supporters.
”In the end, a bad result. Before the first goal we were in the match and in the second half we started to push in and create chances but they are in a good moment and they won,” Emery told Sky Sports.
87 – Arsenal have won 87 points in their 50 Premier League games under Unai Emery (W25 D12 L13) – one fewer than they managed in their final 50 under Arsene Wenger (W27 D7 L16). Regression. pic.twitter.com/jAfA0dzuIj
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 9, 2019
“The first half we defended well together and had some good transition, but they were pushing, doing the pressing and sometimes we broke the pressing and got in the box with two full-backs and also the strikers, and we had chances to score.
“The second half we started better, we were pushing and showing we wanted to win. They work very well, the players felt comfortable and defended well and we had chances. With Mesut Ozil we keep the ball sometimes like we want and it is the way to carry on.
“The attitude was good, every player. Now is time to rest with the international break. I’m sure we’re going to improve after that. We need to achieve, at home, confidence and to be strong. We didn’t lose [many games] but we draw so much, that’s what’s important for the table, but I think we can achieve the balance to be strong and get better in these matches.”
Today’s win sees Leicester move up to second in the Premier League table, while Arsenal slip to sixth.