Arsenal’s misery continues as they lost to Leicester City by 0-3 on Sunday and their quest to crack the top four position on Premier League points table get slimmer day by day. With their third straight loss, Arsenal stayed in fifth place and the chances to climb back into the top four get goes astray. Left with 10-men to battle the 2015/16 champions of England, Arsenal had no reply to Leicester’s attack in the second half of the clash.
English strike Jamie Vardy scored twice to dent the Gunners’ survival in the game after the first goal from Youri Tielemans in the 56th minute. Vardy has now scored eight goals in nine games against Arsenal.
From the start, everything went against Arsenal’s favour as after 36 minutes of play, Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off for a second bookable offence and the Gunners were left with only 10 men on the field for the remainder of the clash.
Leicester completely outshined the Gunners on the possession charts by claiming 66 out of it at the end of 90 minutes.
Unai Emery’s team began the match in full attack mode with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the starting line up together which the coach usually does not go ahead with, while midfielder Mesut Ozil didn’t find his place in the team for the clash. Emery continued to keep his faith in under-fire Shkodran Mustafi, who let his team down once again with his lousy defence.
Bernd Leno made a few clinical saves to keep Arsenal in the run but Emery’s tactics were useless once Leicester began to wear out the visitors. Lacazette had a chance to go a goal up but a brilliant save by Schmeichel kept the Gunners waiting.
With a dominating win, Leicester climbed to eighth, three points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in seventh place on the Premier League points table.
The only chance for Arsenal now to qualify for the next year’s UEFA Champions League is to win the Europa League, where they are already in the semi-finals. They will face Valencia to continue their journey in the tournament.