After five games without a win, Leicester City finally managed to collect three points against Arsenal at The King Power Stadium. Arsenal however, will be disappointed at how their away games results have been this season.Here are five things we learned from the game.
Leicester vs Arsenal is always entertaining
A mighty 22 goals have been scored in the last six Premier League games that these two sides have played against each other. While it’s not just about goals, the games between these two sides in the last few years have always been exciting to watch. This game was no different, even though Arsenal’s Konstantinos Mavropanos got a red card early on, it was a quite open affair with free football being played at both ends.
Leicester however, turned out victorious, with Arsene Wenger losing out to the 2015/16 Champions in a Premier League game for only the first time in his career.
Red Card controversy
A lot of Arsenal fans did not agree with the decision to dismiss Mavropanos after he caught Kelechi Iheanacho 15 minutes into the game. While it was a foul for sure, but sending off the Arsenal youngster was maybe just a bit too harsh, considering it was just his first bad moment in the game.
The early signs however, are bright. In the two full games that he has played this season, he has hardly put a foot wrong and has looked really calm on the ball. Two games however, are not enough to judge a player, especially at Arsenal. We need to see more of him next season.
Still no away points in 2018 for Arsenal
Arsenal’s away form has been disastrous, especially in the second half of the season. The Gunners are the only team in England’s top four divisions to not have picked up an away point in 2018. They have lost the last seven games on their travels, a very concerning statistic for a team like Arsenal.
If you check the home and away points tally this season, Arsenal rank second in the home points Premier League Table and 15th in the away points table. That pretty much sums up why Arsenal are where they are and what has gone wrong.
New manager will have to work on the Arsenal defence
Arsenal have scored a lot of goals this season and scoring has not really been a problem for them. In fact this season, the Gunners have surpassed their all time record goalscoring tally of the Invincibles’ season already. And with Aubameyang coming in, Arsenal’s attacking threat is going to be one of the Premier League’s best next season.
One thing however, that the new manager is going to have to work on, is Arsenal’s defence.
Away from home, Arsenal have hardly had a good defensive performance this season. Against Leicester, Arsenal gave away a cheap penalty that could have been easily avoided.
Individual defensive errors from senior players like Koscielny and Mustafi, have cost Arsenal big games.
Whoever the new man in charge will be must make sorting out the shambles at the back his top priority next season.
Vardy loves scoring against Arsenal
Jamie Vardy loves to play against Arsenal. The Leicester forward has scored six in his last seven appearances against The Gunners. Crucially, his goals seem to come at important times in the game and change the whole picture. Vardy scored a penalty last night, just at a time where Arsenal were looking really threatening. Not to forget, Jamie Vardy could have been an Arsenal player right now, but he rejected the Gunners’ offer back in 2016 after Leicester City had won the Premier League.