Arsenal suffered a damaging but entirely predictable defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, losing 2-0 to drop nine points behind their top-four rivals.
1Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal
Technically Arsenal are only eight points behind the top four as things stand, but Manchester City have a game in hand and seem incredibly unlikely to finish below the Gunners this season.
The gap to the teams that have played the same number of game is nine points and a goal difference swing of eleven.
Arsenal managed to hang on in this game for a while, with a fairly even first half where the team deliberately conceded possession and hit on the counter-attack. In the end, they just didn’t pose enough of a threat though, whereas Leicester did.
The hosts scored twice through Jamie Vardy and James Maddison, firing Brendan Rodgers’ side up to second in the table.
The individual performances were fairly meaningless for Arsenal because as a team they just aren’t set up to take these games to their opponents. All the same, let’s have a look at our player ratings for the match.
Goalkeeper and Centre-Backs
- Bernd Leno 6 – In the first half, Leno did a great job of sweeping up behind the defence, given the threat posed by Jamie Vardy. He didn’t really have any chance with the goals in the second half though. His distribution was fine for the most part.
- Calum Chambers 6 – Probably the most comfortable of the back three in general, making a few vital clearances and tackles. Still wasn’t completely dependable though, as the defence struggled in general.
- David Luiz 5 – Played a great ball into Aubameyang at one point but he also conceded possession and pushed up too far on a few occasions, and he was lucky Leicester didn’t punish that.
- Rob Holding 5 – Looked shaky early on, losing the ball a couple of times taking risks in possession and letting Ayoze Perez in behind him.
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