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Match Report: Leicester City 3 – 0 Arsenal

Leicester City (0) 3 Arsenal (0) 0
Premier League
King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL
Sunday, 28th April 2019. Kick-off time: Noon

(4-2-3-1) Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolašinac; Mkhitaryan, Torreira; Xhaka, Iwobi, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
Substitutes: Čech, Elneny, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Guendouzi, Nketiah, Willock
Red Card: Maitland-Niles
Yellow Card: Maitland-Niles, Sokratis
Referee: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 32,037

What a terrible end to an awful week. Nine goals conceded over three matches, and not one solitary point won by the team over that time. Let us be honest about it, with no disrespect intended, Leicester City are hardly Barcelona, but today our performance at The King Power Stadium certainly made them look like the Catalonians. Right from the start of the match, we were on the back foot, and the sense of déjá vu in the stadium amongst the Arsenal supporters became evident.

The talking point of the first half was all about Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Having collected a yellow card for a foul on Ben Chilwell, his second yellow (and subsequent sending-off) after 36 minutes for a controversial tackle on James Maddison merely served to compound impending disaster for us. Both Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy came close to opening the scoring for the home side, but if it were not for the agility and positioning of Bernd Leno, we could have been on the back foot a lot earlier than we actually were. Unbelievably for a club of this stature, Arsenal only had one shot on the Leicester City goal over the whole of the match, and that was from young Alex Iwobi in the latter stages of the first half.

Ironically, it was Alex Iwobi that was sacrificed for the first of three substitutes at the beginning of the second half; his replacement was defender Laurent Koscielny, and it was now obvious that Mr. Emery was realising that things were going badly wrong, and maybe a change of formation and player may just help slow the progress of the home side down. No chance. On the hour, our punishment started. James Maddison, who was unmarked, placed a perfect cross into the Arsenal penalty area for Youri Tielemans (an on-loan player from Monaco) to have a relatively easy task in heading the ball into our net to open the scoring.

After this, everything from Arsenal’s perspective went horribly wrong. Leicester City were quick, dynamic and hungry; we became sluggish, uninterested and utterly clueless. Hoping to change matters, the ineffective Henrikh Mkhitaryan was replaced by Mattéo Guendouzi after 73 minutes, and then Eddie Nketiah for the disappointing Alexandre Lacazette a little while later, but even this didn’t help. Kasper Schmeichel’s upfield kick completely confused the life out of both Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny; so much so, that the quicksilver Jamie Vardy nipped in behind them, and cheekily scored with a second attempt after his initial shot rebounded off of the crossbar. And still the pain didn’t subside for us. In injury time, Ricardo Pereira, having drawn Bernd Leno out of position, simply slotted the ball to Jamie Vardy, who simply tapped the ball into the vacant Arsenal net.

Arsenal have only chalked up two victories on the road in the Premiership all season, which is quite frankly not good enough for a club of this stature. On these performances we don’t look good enough to finish in the top four, let alone winning the Europa League, talking of which we play the first leg of the semi-final in this competition at The Emirates against València on Thursday evening, a match that has become a must-win for us at all costs. This squad is utterly disastrous and needs to be completely ripped apart snd rebuilt in the summer (if Mr. Emery can get the necessary funds to do so, that is). There is no heart, no structure, no willingness to change matches within the squad; Arsenal have just slipped away and have bcome a timid version of their former selves. It was a good job that we had a winning run earlier in the season, otherwise we could be facing some even more serious issues with our Premiership position had this not been the case. So disappointing, so very, very disappointing. Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Steve

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Rodgers to Leicester opens door for Tierney or Chilwell to Arsenal

Today Arsenal face Bournemouth looking to make it 3 wins in the last 3 games.

No game in the Premier League is easy, but anything less than 3 points will be a blow for the top 4 hopes.

It is a close fight for 4th place, with 3 points separating Arsenal in 4th and Chelsea in 6th. The key tonight is that Tottenham are at Chelsea.

If Spurs lose (and Arsenal win) Tottenham are dragged back towards the chasing pack – there could be just 5 points separating 3rd and 5th. If they win, it would could take Arsenal and Manchester United away from Chelsea and turn it into a two-horse race.

With Arsenal set to face Tottenham (away) and Manchester United (home) in the next two weeks, 3 points tonight as key – as you would be very surprised if we got 6 points from the next 2.

After Manchester United in a weeks time, there are 8 games to go, and Arsenal have a relatively comfortable run in – with Everton and Leicester away being our only tricky fixtures.

Victory tonight puts us on the tail of Tottenham and could result in us finishing ahead of them in 3rd place.

Moving on, Brendan Rodgers has joined Leicester City, and this could play out well for Arsenal’s chase for a new left back.

With Nacho Monreal coming to the end of his contract – and the rumours of him getting a 1-year extension dying down – Arsenal will certainly move in the summer for competition for Saed Kolasinac.

Kieran Tierney has been a long term target for some time.

Just 21-years-old, the Scottish youngster has remained loyal to Celtic in recent years, but Rodgers leaving could open the flood gates for those players who were loyal to the manager. Tierney will be one of those expected to leave in the summer.

Arsenal should be in for him.

One stumbling block could be that Rodgers wants to take him to Leicester City; but this could open another door.

If Tierney joins Leicester, they might cash in on Ben Chilwell to finance the transfer.

If either Chilwell or Tierney are available this summer, Arsenal need to move for one of them. It will be the left hand side of the defence sorted for a decade.

Enjoy the game tonight. Back the team.

Keenos

10 reasons Arsenal will beat Leicester City + starting XI

  1. Arsenal are on a 9 game winning run
  2. January 2017 was the last time Arsenal failed to win a home game against a side not in the top 6
  3. That was a defeat to Watford. Since then it has been 22 homes wins in a row
  4. The best UK betting sites have Arsenal as 1/4 favourites
  5. Half of Arsenal’s starting XI did not go away on international duty
  6. And as it is a Monday nightgame, those players that did would have returned on Thursday and be nicely rested
  7. Unai Emery’s red and white army
  8. Leicester captain Wes Morgan serves a one-match ban for ohis red card in the defeat by Everton
  9. Winger Demarai Gray is also out injured 
  10. Leicester have failed to beat Arsenal in Islington since 1973


Predicted XI:

Leno

Bellerin Mustafi Holding Monreal

Torreira Xhaka

Iwobi Ozil Aubameyang

Lacazette

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