Vardy continues to witch-hunt the Gunners: Arsenal vs. Leicester Match Review

Full-time result

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.

We Felt it too!

Match Review: Arsenal vs. Leicester - Lacazette

on the performance...

To be fair I was really pleased with the first half, the way we pressed, the aggression we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you. We were very effective against that, we were on top of the game, we restricted to nothing, we had the right opportunities to attack good space and create some chances. We scored a goal as well on a set piece, I don’t know how it was disallowed. Then after that in the second half against a really low block you have to be patient and not make any error because this is what they are waiting for: they just need a moment to catch you on the break or with some space and we made the decision when there is no pressure on the ball to try to attack that space and they scored a good goal. After it was difficult in the last 15 minutes, even with three strikers on the pitch we didn’t manage to have enough continuity in our play and we have too many free-kicks away, we didn’t put the ball as often as we could in the box. But credit to them for what they have done but I think it is a very harsh result for us considering what happened in the game.

~ Mikel Arteta

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.

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Patrick Alexander