Three days after their dantesque qualification in the round of 16 of the Europa League, Arsenal managed to follow in the Premier League on the lawn of Leicester. Yet led, Mikel Arteta’s players were able to count on a very good Nicolas Pépé, behind the first two goals before closing the scoring, to win against the Foxes in small form (1-3). This success, their eleventh of the season, allows them to still believe in their chance to finish in 5th place, from which they are now only 6 points.
Like he didn’t want it. After his surprise elimination in the round of 16 of the Europa League against Slavia Prague in the week, Leicester, who had the opportunity to put pressure on Manchester United and take, at least provisionally, second place in the championship, has still fell at home, against a team which had known a much happier scenario in C3 this week. Still, the match started off perfectly for the King Power Stadium residents, who opened the scoring on their first strike of the match.
A goal that came a little out of nowhere, and especially from a long way off, since it was after a rush from midfield that Youri Tielemans deceived Bernd Leno (1-0, 6th). Except that the 2016 England champions, deprived of Wesley Fofana and their conductor James Maddison on injury, then completely left the ball to the troupe of Mikel Arteta, who had rotated by establishing Alexandre Lacazette, Willian or Pépé , all substitutes this week in C3.
The former Lille, above all, made the opposing defense dizzy, as his side attacked in waves in Leicester camp, obtaining many free kicks that were poorly exploited by his team. Until Willian, from a millimeter center, found David Luiz’s header at the penalty spot (1-1, 39 ‘). Very close to scoring a penalty in the 13th minute, Pepe then saw one of his strikes kicked back by Wilfried Ndidi into the box, giving Lacazette an opportunity to turn the tide of the game.
The ex-OL player was not deprived of it, catching Kasper Schmeichel on the wrong foot, just before the break (1-2, 45 ‘2). Unable to react, the teammates of Jamie Vardy, little in sight this Sunday, saw Harvey Barnes go out on injury (51st), before the Ivorian striker of Arsenal completed his good part with a fox goal from the surface (1-3, 52nd).
The hammer too much for Brendan Rodgers’ side, who also saw Jonny Evans come out grimacing (69th), and who never could hope to come back afterwards. While his team are now in ninth place, Mikel Arteta, on the other hand, smiled at the final whistle, which concluded a great week for Londoners.