Arsenal were haplessly beaten 2-0 by Leicester City in their EPL meeting, failing to register their first win in four games.
Sheffield United took fifth spot in the English Premier League, overtaking Arsenal thanks to a better goal difference. The Blades away draw against Tottenham was unfortunate while Unai Emery’s men were second best against the Foxes.
After the 12th round of EPL fixtures, the Gunners lie in sixth place, eight points behind 4th placed Manchester City. And the result leaves Arsenal in a precarious situation. A title challenge is off the cards while next year’s Champions League football prospects seem distant.
The Reds have a 17 point advantage over Arsenal, the same amount the Gunners have accrued so far.
Leicester and Chelsea have embarked on sensational winning runs of their own to follow unbeaten Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester City and Frank Lampard’s young charges have managed 26 apiece. The King Power Stadium outfit is placed second thanks to a better goal difference.
This leaves Arsenal relying on slip ups by their competitors. In his post match conference, the Spaniard alluded to this as he bemoaned their inconsistent displays.
He also took digs at crosstown rivals, Tottenham, and perennial enemies, Manchester United. Emery pointed out at their poor run of form and points table positions beneath them.
“It depends because Chelsea and Leicester are now with Manchester City and Liverpool, making a distance from us. But also, Manchester United and Tottenham are behind us so it has been a very equal competition with a lot of teams.”
“But there is time to reduce (the gap between Arsenal and Leicester) by being consistent because the competition is 38 matches. Now we are nine points behind them so its a good win for them but also we have time to recover that difference.”
While Arsenal have picked up points at the Emirates, they’ve failed to perform on the road. The Gunners are unbeaten at home in the league, winning three and drawing three.
While they have stuttered at home, dropped points on away trips are a cause of concern. The Gunners have been toothless away, managing a single win from six fixtures.
“First is to feel strong at home at the Emirates. This is the first thing I want to achieve. Because if we can feel strong at home, take confidence and points with good performances. When we play away I know we will achieve good performances against every team.”
“The next match is a challenge now at home because we didn’t lose at home but we drew some matches and lost points to be better in the table. Today, we lost here because they (Leicester) are in a good moment playing at home and they feel strong here.”
For a reinvigorated push for top-four finish, Arsenal need to make their performances count.