Leicester City – Arsenal: Arsenal lack the clinical edge needed to fend off the inevitable (2-0)
Unai Emery might have thought he was on the cusp of a good result. Arsenal’s decent first half display managed to mostly contain Leicester’s threat while creating chances off their own back. However, a second half midfield collapse proved too much to handle following many missed opportunities.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
For the first time in a very long time, there was a feeling that Leicester City were the favorites over Arsenal, and rightfully so given that they had only failed to win in two of their previous twelve games in all competitions - those two defeats coming narrowly at Anfield and Old Trafford no less.
With a superb record at home to the North London side over the past few years, there was little reason to believe this side could not achieve the same winning feat. Leicester City were identical to the 4-3-3 setup that Brendan Rodgers used last week in their 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace.
Unai Emery, who has been placed firmly under the spotlight now – with fans eagerly awaiting his dismissal – resorted to a cautious approach, returning to a 3-4-1-2 setup, featuring Mesut Özil behind Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - the same system the manager used in Arsenal’s run to the Europa League final last season.
This system certainly differed . . .