Leicester 3-0 Arsenal: 3 reasons why Arsenal lost another away game

Arsenal were never in the game

Arsenal’s top 4 hopes suffered a dent as they lost another away game at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Arsenal were never in the game and it has been the same story in all away matches this season. Arsenal were reduced to 10 men before the break when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was dismissed and it was an uphill task to compete after that and the Arsenal defenders had a long day. Unai Emery would be a worried man as shipping 2-3 goals so easily in all matches is worrisome for a team with big European hopes.

Youri Tielemans opened the scoring early in the second half and then the body language of the Gunners dropped so drastically that it seems they have lost all hopes of securing a Champions League spot through the league route.

Here are 3 reasons why Arsenal lost so easily:

#1 Silly error by Maitland-Niles


The Arsenal right back has benefited the most from the new regime under Unai Emery but it is also a learning season for Maitland-Niles. And today’s game would be a great learning experience for Ainsley. His 36th minute tackle on Maddison was needless, naïve and very costly for his team. He was already on a yellow card and though the second yellow was a tough call, he literally gave the referee no chance with the type of tackle he went for.

Once Arsenal were down to 10 men, it was almost an impossible task as they did not have Ramsey or Ozil to hold more possession. Xhaka and Torreira played catch up throughout and gave their team no chance of enjoying sustained possession.

Unai Emery is still not clear about the formation he wants to use at Arsenal, but it looks like the type of players he wants is more important right now as the current crop doesn’t seem to be competent enough to execute the strategies.

#2 Failure to defend as a team

There is no coordination between the midfielders and the backline in Arsenal

Mustafi has given every reason to the Arsenal fans to troll him on social media and it also shows how Arsenal are failing to defend as a team. There is no coordination between the midfielders and the backline. Vardy and his team repeatedly got a chance to drive at the Arsenal defence and they did it with ease.

Mkhitaryan again had an average day and so was the case with Iwobi who has not learnt the art of finishing well. He had an excellent chance in the first half but hit straight at the goal keeper.

Lacazette and Aubameyang tried hard but there was no service at all for them to feed upon. Unai Emery’s team has improved at individual defending compared to that of the Wenger era but when it comes to defending as a team, the team is nowhere at the position where Unai wants them to be. It will be interesting to see what Unai does with the team combination in the remaining matches.

#3 Leicester’s versatility

Leicester City have welcomed Rodgers's new style with open arms

Leicester, who won the league in 2015-16 season, were on a downward curve as expected as they had punched way above their weight. But what was lacking was a clear vision and a playing style which would make the fans happy. Brendan Rodgers brought just that. He lost the Premier League by just 2 points in 2014 while managing Liverpool. Brendan is a rare English coach who likes possession-based play and Leicester City have welcomed the new style with open arms.

Midfielder Hamza Choudhury was excellent and looks like he has a bright future ahead of him. Belgium midfielder Tielemans, 21, has been the best player for the past 2 months. It will not be surprising if Leicester make the deal permanent. He had a more central role against Arsenal and gave a torrid time to the already stretched Arsenal midfield. Maddison was as usual effective and Vardy is again finding the form which made Arsenal almost sign him 2 years back.

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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee