A needs must team selection with Mesut and Nacho ‘injured’.
A few good saves from Leno and one over the bar from Steptoe.
A difficult chance for Laca and a much easier one for Iwobi were our only decent chances.
The sending off was ridiculous. Sent off for two nothing challenges, the second a blatant case of Maddison attempting to get a fellow professional sent off. Rolling around clutching his shin when there was no contact on his shin whatsoever. A fine player but a cheat. He should be ashamed. Michael Oliver gave us nothing in that first half apart from a good shafting.
It seems even more of a waste of time watching football if your team is playing poorly, when the ref is allowed to ruin a game to such an extent. Pathetic.
Our best ten minutes of the match followed halftime but a headed goal by Tielemans made it 1-0 soon after.
Leno made a series of decent saves as Arsenal’s ten men struggled in adversity.
All hope of a sneaked equaliser disappeared when Vardy bounced one in after it came back to him off the bar. Didn’t see the third as I’d started this.
Leicester were the better side but in the context of our poor away form, playing 10 men against 12 was an impossible task.
The turning point in the game was Oliver wanting to take centre stage. After that it was game over.
On a personal level, I wish Arsenal’s season was over right now. With a Europa semi-final coming up on Thursday, that is ridiculous way to feel. I just wish the crushing disappointment was over and done with. Then again, I’m sure I’ll feel different come Thursday evening. 🙂
Leno – MOTM by a country mile … 9
Maitland-Niles – unlucky to be Oliver’s chosen target … 5
Sokratis – struggled with Steptoe’s pace, as Arsenal have consistently done in the past … 5
Mustafi – no glaring errors – brought in to give Kos a rest, I suppose, but Oliver put paid to that plan … 5
Kolasinac – not really a left back but didn’t disgrace himself … 5
Torreira – beaten black and blue with no protection – his early season partnership with Xhaka hasn’t really progressed … 5
Xhaka – often too slow to shift the ball and seems to think giving away stupid free kicks is part of his job … 5
Mkhitaryan – terrible in the first half – we needed someone to keep the ball and he didn’t – dispossessed far too easily always … 4
Iwobi – his left foot chance in the first half needed him to cut back on to his right as Schmeichel would have been left on the floor – not picking on him but he seems symptomatic of Arsenal’s away form – at home he’s great but away a bit of a luxury … 5
Aubameyang – neither him nor his strike partner hold the ball up, so it’s bound to keep coming back – his commitment was ok though … 5
Lacazette – difficult chance in the first half, the rest was just hard work … 5
Kos – three at the back made a difference – we could have done with him rested for Thursday though … 6
Eddie – nearly had a chance to equalise – I bet he’s looking forward to being brought on when we’re two or three up for a change … 5
Emery – a bit like King Canute at the moment – that flippin tide keeps coming in … 5
Brendon Wagner – his team played well albeit helped by the man playing for Leicester in the black shirt … 6
Oliver – a complete disgrace – Mike Riley will probably recommend him for a knighthood after that corrupt performance … -1