There’s just no way of getting around the fact that Arsenal have really let themselves down over the course of the last few weeks. It seemed as if the stars were aligning perfectly for them to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, and yet, that no longer seems like it’s going to be the case. They’re still in the running but with just a few games to go it really does feel like they’ve allowed this race to slip through their fingers.
Over the course of the summer, and more specifically the 2018 FIFA World Cup, many heroes were born across all 32 countries that competed in the finals. One nation, in particular, who experienced something of a resurgence on the biggest stage was England as the Three Lions pushed themselves all the way to the semi-finals of the tournament in Russia. Some bitter fans will argue that they had an easy route to get there but either way, it’s hard not to be excited by the future of this team.
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel believes his team didn’t deserve to get any more from the Monday’s game at the Emirates than they did, according to Leicestershire Live.
The Danish international says his team were clearly the better of the two in the first 45 minutes, but the game ended up being a classic ‘tale of two halves’ with Arsenal responding well after the break. He also laments the decision of referee Chris Kavanagh not award the Foxes a penalty for a clear handball early in the match.
Many sceptics felt as if the time off for the international break was going to seriously hamper Arsenal’s hopes of registering ten wins in a row – but those sceptics were wrong. They hosted Leicester City at the Emirates last night and put in the kind of gritty, quality performance that you need in times like these – and now, the fans can officially say that the Gunners have picked up 10 wins on the trot. Wow.
They say football is a beautiful game and it deserves to be played beautifully – but, in some instances, you just need to win. Avoid the drama and avoid the hassle of playing great looking football for ninety minutes, and just register the three points. That’s the position that Arsenal find themselves in today, as they gear up for a big game against Leicester City on Monday Night Football this evening.
Arsenal are set to welcome Leicester City on Monday evening, as part of round nine of the Premier League season, and Unai Emery spoke today (Thursday) to the press regarding the clash against the 2015/16 surprising title winners. This, in short, is what he chose to reveal.
Only Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a doubt with a small injury, the rest are OK.
The Ramsey problem
The boss seemed reluctant to discuss this matter. He instead spoke about motivation and commitment, saying that he likes to focus on each game as it comes and that he needs Ramsey, like everyone else, to stay focused regardless of whether he starts the game or is named on the bench.
Arsenal are still the only team in English league football without an away point in 2018, after suffering a defeat at the hands of Leicester City. The Gunners, who are set to enter their final game under the guidance of manager Arsene Wenger this Sunday, will be praying that they can salvage something from their trip to Huddersfield so that they can avoid the stigma of heading into next season without an away point in 2018 to their name.
Arsenal play away to Leicester City this evening. The game’s significance in terms of points and table-placement is absolutely non-existent as it is quite certain the Gunners will finish the season in sixth place. With two games remaining, they have no chance of taking over Chelsea (currently in fifth) or any other team above, and they are quite safe from Burnley below after beating the Cherries in a convincing manner at the weekend.
Be that as it may, the players will want to give their best effort as they prepare to say goodbye to the man that has overseen the arrival, and the whole Arsenal career up to this point, of every single one of them.
As seen on bet365, the official betting odds for Arsenal’s visit to Leicester City have been released. The Gunners are aiming to finish the season strong against a Leicester City side who have had a fairly uneventful season – despite being positioned firmly in the top 10 of the Premier League. The Foxes have been able to stabilise themselves following a close call with relegation last season, whereas Arsenal have continued to drop in quality under the guidance of Arsene Wenger.
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.