Arsenal fail to take points from visit to Leicester (3-0)
28 April, 2019
Arsenal were on the road in the Premier League for Sunday’s early kick-off against Leicester City.
The game began at a high tempo, with both Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Tielemans going into the referee’s book for mistimed challenges inside the opening quarter of an hour. The home side were enjoying good possession but Arsenal carried threat on the break. On one such counter-attack, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi combined to set up Alex Lacazette but the Frenchman was unable to get good enough contact on his finish. At the other end, Bernd Leno was called into action, making an excellent save to prevent Ndidi scoring with a header from a corner. Iwobi had a shot saved by Schmeichel after being put through by Aubameyang just before a key moment in the match; Maitland-Niles was sent off for a second booking in the 36th minute. The half ended goalless.
Arsenal came out for the second half knowing the size of the task ahead, and worked hard to match Leicester despite being a man down. Leicester opened the scoring with a Tielemans header from a precise Maddison cross. Unai Emery’s team fought valiantly to get back into the game and made a huge physical effort to cover as much ground as possible, but Leicester were able to take advantage of the spaces in the final minutes of the game and Vardy scored two late goals to make it 3-0.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal team now focus on the first leg of the Europa League semi-final against Valencia CF, which will be played on Thursday evening at Emirates Stadium.