Premier League: Leicester gripping their way in top 4 on Brendan Rodgers’ magic

Emery nears the sack as Foxes grips their ‘Top 4’ position

Arsenal’s awful away form continues as they were beaten on the road yet again against the high flying Leicester City side on Saturday Evening. Brendan Rodgers’s foxes had loads of chances in the first half to kill the game off but somehow the score remained 0-0 at Half Time. They came all guns blazing in the 2nd half and almost scored a goal right after the break when Ndidi’s shot hit the bar. They do went on to take the lead in the 68th min through their striking superstar Jamie Vardy who finished a brilliant team goal, the type of goal which Arsenal were famous for. They went on the seal the game in the 75th min when James Maddison drill the ball through the legs of arsenal defender and straight into the back of the net with Bernd Leno unmoved. Brendan Rodgers’s side jumps to 2nd place before the heavyweight clash of Liverpool vs Manchester City. If City lose that game the foxes will go into the international break in a very good position.

Meanwhile Arsenal were no way near the level of their opponents. The Gunners were outclassed in every department. Pierrre Emerick Aubameyang who was handed over the permanent captaincy this week had 1-2 half chances but apart from that he was quiet in the game. And defensively they were sloppy as usual giving the ball away on numerous occasions. This result puts more pressure on manager Unai Emery as various reports suggests that this could be his final game in charge of Arsenal. The Gunners are now 8 points off top 4 now and this loss at the King Power Stadium could just end their hopes of finishing in those champions league places. Let’s look at 4 major outtakes from the game at King Power Stadium:

1. Leicester City are now the favorites to finish in the top 4.

Brendan Rodger’s foxes have been in some form this season. They have won 8 of their last 10 premier games and each of those victory was by 2 or more goals including that thumping of Southampton a fortnight ago. The foxes are unbeaten at home this season in the premier league winning the last 5 . With the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United all not performing well, Leicester have got a good chance of finishing in the top 4 this season. The win against Arsenal was their 3rd in a row against the Gunners a feat they have never achieved before in their top flight history.

2. Jamie Vardy leading the line.

Jamie vardy was on the scoresheet again as he finished a fantastic team move, he scored his 9th goal in his 9th appearance against Arsenal.He has been in top form this season scoring 11 goals so far in the league. He is the fastest to reach 10 premier league goals this season similar to 2015/16 when Leicester went on to win the title.  Infact since Brendan Rodgers took over, no player has scored more goals than Jamie Vardy.

3. Arsenal’s confusing style of play.

Arsenal were outclassed by their opponents on Saturday, but do they themselves know which system they are playing? They played a back 3 of Chambers, Luiz, Holding this time around. Emery has made a formation change almost every game now and he still doesn’t know his best XI yet. Under Arsene Wenger Arsenal atleast used to play an attractive brand of football but under Unai Emery they have even lost that. If Unai Emery wants to keep his job he has to settle down with one particular system. 

4. Bye Bye Emery?

Arsenal have won only 2 of their last 10 premier league games and even in those 2 wins they have been far from convincing. They have only kept 2 clean sheets in 25 away premier league away games.  They managed to hang on for sometime against Leicester but they continuously gave away possession. They didn’t pose any attacking threat. Its no win in four as well for the Gunners as it puts more pressure on the manager. There has been a lot of negativity around the Emirates for a long time now and Emery’s future is in serious doubt with the likes of Luis Enrique, Jose Mourinho and even Arsene Wenger has been linked with a return to the club. Arsenal are 8 points off Top 4 and as it stands it looks highly unlikely that Emery will achieve the task given to him by the Arsenal hierarchy of finishing in those champions league spots.

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