In what was seen by many as our most important fixture of the season so far, the players were unable to come out on top at King Power Stadium, where Leicester carried on their great start to the new season. The hosts went in to this game unbeaten at home so far and Unai Emery was hoping to get the better of Brenden Rogers after having been on the receiving end of some poor results against the Foxes away from home since he entered the Premier League as Arsene Wengers successor. However, it wasn’t meant to be as our team slumped to an abysmal 2-0 defeat on a wet evening on the road.
Leicester had us on the backfoot from kick off, with the hosts eager to put pressure on our defenders when playing out from our final 3rd. Their strategy saw them force players like Hector Bellerin in to shaky situations in need of last-minute interventions from Lucas Torreira, who conceded a free kick from a dangerous position early in the game. Matteo Guendouzi will be the subject of some debate as to whether or not he’d fouled Caglar Soyuncu when defending the set piece, but the home sides pleas for a penalty fell on deaf ears as referee Chris Kavanagh waved play on and Arsenal were allowed to hit Leicester with a quick counter attack. Mesut Ozil started a promising attack down the left flank and the ball made its way to Bellerin, at the opposite side of the pitch, who was able to pick out our captain in the box. Wilfred Ndidi was forced to go to ground in order to block Aubameyangs effort on goal and the loose ball fell to Alexandre Lacazette, who’s effort was just wide of the mark.
The opening 15 minutes laid the foundation for what was to come as the hosts enjoyed numerous spells of dominance throughout the first half. Time and time again they pressed when we played out from the back and our backline can count themselves fortunate to have gone in to the break with both sides goalless. Leicester City found it far too easy to swing the ball in to the center of our box and it took some luck to deny The FFoxes an early lead, as well as a particular moment of individual brilliance from Calum Chambers to toe the ball out of Jamie Vardys reach to finish off what was easily their best chance of the first half.
Arsenal had a much better start to the second half. Our attacks were fluid and consistent. As a result, we had more possession and were able to open the game up a bit more. Our players looked more confident on the ball and our lead goal scorer began to see more involvement in our run of play.