Arsenal knew that the game against Leicester City this past weekend was huge in terms of Unai Emery’s future with the club. While the Foxes have been on a superb run of form, the Gunners still knew they had to put in a solid enough performance to warrant keeping the Spaniard on beyond the international break. In the end, they didn’t do much to convince the boardroom that he should be given another chance.
Another bad day
While the visitors were able to keep Leicester at bay for large portions of the game, it never really felt like they were capable of pushing Brendan Rodgers’ side to the limit and taking control of proceedings. That progressively became more and more obvious heading into the second half, and with just over 20 minutes to go, the resistance of Bernd Leno was finally broken as Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for the hosts.
Just seven minutes later they had another goal as James Maddison finished off a nice move, and from that point on the result felt like a formality.
After the game under fire boss Unai Emery had the following to say as questions over his future continue to plague the squad.
“In the end, a bad result but we did our gameplan, thinking right in the moment and we did that and when they scored the first goal was the moment maybe.
The pressure mounts
“Before the first goal I think we were in the match and in the second half we started to push in and create chances but they are in a good moment and they won.
“I am sure we are going to improve after that [the international break]. I think we need to achieve, at home, confidence and to be strong at home. We didn’t lose [many games] but we draw so much, that’s what’s important for the table, but I think we can achieve the balance to be strong and get better in these matches.”
There’s a long way to go in the race for a spot in the top four but if Arsenal continue down this path, there’s only one way it’s going to end for them: in disappointment. They may look strong in the Europa League but as we came to learn in the final last year, you can’t always rely on that as a back-up.
How do you feel in the wake of the defeat?