Vardy continues to witch-hunt the Gunners: Arsenal vs. Leicester Match Review
ARSENAL FC 0 – 1 LEICESTER CITY – Vardy (80)
Arsenal lost an opportunity to leapfrog the foxes and get into the third position after some major big teams dropped some points. Mikel Arteta’s men will be biting themselves over a lack of cutting edge in the final third of the opposition half as talismanic skipper, Pierre – Emerick Aubameyang failed to find the net yet again in what would be his longest league goal drought since 2014 where he failed to find the net in five consecutive league matches.
Arsenal lined up with a different 4-3-3 formation for the first time this season as David Luiz partnered Gabriel Magalhaes in the heart of defense alongside Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney. In the midfield, Thomas Partey started his first home game for Arsenal, by pairing with Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka while Aubameyang, Pepe, and Lacazette led from the attack.
The Gunners started brightly in the first half and thought they had found the lead in the 4th minute when Lacazette found the net from a corner kick but his goal was ruled off for offside by the linesman who spotted Xhaka offside in the build-up. Mikel Arteta’s men were guilty of not converting any of their chances in the first half as they mounted pressure on the foxes, registering 11 shots in the first 45 minutes. Lacazette, Bellerin, and Aubameyang would be guilty of not converting their chances as the game dragged on goalless until the 80th-minute but it was Vardy who was to score the only goal of the night, heading home after a swift counter to seal a disappointing night for Mikel Arteta’s men and gave Leicester City a very resilient 3 points.
The Gunners dropped to 10th in the table and suffered their first home loss in the league since December last year against Chelsea. This would also be the Gunners’ third loss this season after 6 games, and their third loss to a side that finished in the top 6 of the table last season.
Arsenal really need to start creating more chances as their best finisher is lacking in supplies and they need to get back to winning ways in the league immediately as they prepare to face Manchester United next weekend but first of all, they have a Europa League home fixture on Thursday night against Irish side, Dundalk.
Match Preview by Patrick Alexander