Arsenal’s top-four hopes suffer a fresh blow with comprehensive defeat at Leicester

first_imgMichael Oliver sent Ainsley Maitland-Niles off for two bookings in the first half (Getty Images)Arsenal’s first chance of the half arrived after 35 minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang latched onto a ball forward and teed up Alex Iwobi but his low, left-footed shot from inside the penalty box lacked conviction and was easily saved by Kasper Schmeichel.Less than 60 seconds later and Arsenal were reduced to ten men when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was dismissed for a second bookable offence for a late challenge on Maddison. While Maitland-Niles could have few complaints about his second yellow, his first for another foul on Maddison, looked slightly harsh.Unai Emery was furious with the decision, chucking his coat towards the Arsenal bench shortly after remonstrating with the fourth official. His team remained on the back foot for the remainder of the half, Leno again making a smart stop to deny a low Vardy strike before the break. Eventually, Leicester got their second goal to kill the game five minutes from time as Vardy finally got on the scoresheet. Schmeichel’s booming kick upfield deceived the Arsenal back four with Vardy sprinting onto the loose ball, lobbing a shot off the bar and then nodding in the rebound.In the final minute of injury time, Leicester capped a wonderful performance with their third through Vardy tapping into an empty net following an excellent run and pass from Pereira.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Leicester ran out 3-0 winners over Arsenal at the King Power Stadium (Getty Images)Arsenal’s top-four hopes took another huge dent as they slumped to a third successive Premier League defeat as Leicester City beat them 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.Much has been made of Arsenal’s problems away from home this season and should they fail to make the top-four their results on the road will be a big reason why.Following a couple of half-chances for the hosts, James Maddison came closest to breaking the deadlock on 19 minutes as his low drive from the edge of the area whistled inches past the post, with Bernd Leno relieved to see it end up outside the posts.AdvertisementAdvertisementTen minutes later and Leno was called into action, impressively palming a goal-bound Wilfred Ndidi header to safety after the Nigerian had been picked out by a pinpoint Maddison corner. Shortly after, Jamie Vardy had his first sighter, latching onto a Marc Albrighton long ball before lobbing a volley over the bar.ADVERTISEMENT Youri Tielemans celebrating with James Maddison for Leicester’s opening goal (Getty Images)Laurent Koscielny was introduced at the interval for Iwobi with Mustafi switching to right-back and perhaps in expectation at that change, Brendan Rodgers swapped Ndidi for Harvey Barnes with the 21-year-old taking his place on Leicester’s left flank.Just before the hour mark, Arsenal’s resistance was finally broken. The influential Maddison collected the ball on the right wing and flighted a wonderful cross into the box for Youri Tielemans to run onto and head confidently beyond Leno into the bottom corner. It was the Belgian’s third goal since joining from Monaco in January.Tielemans, who is sure to have his pick of clubs this summer, was inches away from doubling his and Leicester’s lead with 20 minutes remaining with a wonderful effort from distance that flew wide before Ricardo Pereira, Barnes and Maddison drew a triple stop from Leno.8 – Since Brendan Rodgers became Leicester manager, Jamie Vardy has scored more Premier League goals than any other player. Hatful. #LEIARS— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 28, 2019 Arsenal’s top-four hopes suffer a fresh blow with comprehensive defeat at Leicester Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Apr 2019 1:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link252Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Ireland under-20’s to begin World Championship in May

first_imgIreland will begin their World Under 20 Championship campaign against Italy on May 31st.The match schedule for next May’s tournament in Georgia has been revealed, with Pool B games with Scotland and New Zealand following the Azzurri clash. Ireland were beaten by England in the final of this year’s competition.last_img