On This Day In 2017: Arsenal edge past Leicester

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On This Day In 2017: Arsenal edge past Leicester

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Harry Kettle

We’re back again with another trip down memory lane, but this time, we’re not going all too far into the past. In the last twelve months a lot of things have changed at the Emirates but, for the most part, a lot of things have remained the same. This time last year the Gunners were also struggling to make any kind of ground on the top four and were facing the very real prospect of dropping into the Europa League. While they may now view that competition a little bit differently, the fate of the club remains the same as we prepare for a world without Arsene Wenger in charge.

The game in question took place at home against Leicester City, as Arsenal gained a measure of revenge over the Champions of England who pipped them to the title back in 2016. Of course, it wouldn’t have done a whole lot to calm the frustrations of Arsenal fans, especially given that they were still four points off the pace of Manchester City in fourth even with this victory.

In terms of the game itself, it was a frustrating afternoon for the home side, as the Foxes were desperate to stem the flow as they faced the possibility of being relegated just a year after winning the Premier League title. That didn’t end up happening, but at times, it was certainly too close for comfort.

Alexis Sanchez, who was rumoured to be on the way out of the club, hit the bar and looked like Arsenal’s most consistent threat on an afternoon which saw many fans moan and groan over their side’s inability to break Leicester down.

Thankfully all good things come to those who wait, and the Emirates faithful were sent home happy when Nacho Monreal’s effort deflected off of Robert Huth and into the back of the net with less than five minutes remaining.

Arsene Wenger assured fans that they’d still be able to make a push for the top four, but as we all now know, that wasn’t to be.

Looking back on this whole ordeal over the last few years, it’s interesting to consider the possibility of Arsenal failing to qualify for the Champions League being the best thing that’s happened to them in years. After all, it’s been the main catalyst behind Wenger eventually leaving, which is what the fans have wanted all along.

Will Arsenal fans live to regret the Wenger Out movement?

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