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

Afterthoughts: Even after respite of hope, Syracuse’s point guard play remains an issue

first_img Published on January 12, 2017 at 11:40 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds BLACKSBURG, Va. — John Gillon stood on the Syracuse sideline hunched over in ready position expecting to enter the game. He wanted to be the one to guide the Orange’s offense and lead SU to what could have been its best win of the year.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim didn’t adhere. He remained with Frank Howard at point guard in the final minute of the game. But regardless of whom Boeheim went with, coming back from a 15-point second-half deficit was improbable. Even if Gillon did return to provide a spark, it likely would have been too late.At the beginning of the year, figuring out the point guard spot was one of the Orange’s (10-7, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) primary objectives. And after John Gillon averaged 14 points and 11 assists in his last two games, it seemed as though SU had finally solved the puzzle. But an 83-73 loss to Virginia Tech (13-3, 2-2) on Tuesday night illuminated more struggles.“Our point guard play has been really good and was as bad as it’s ever been tonight,” Boeheim said. “I don’t have an explanation for that. We have two really good games and the first half, John was 0-for-3 with no assists and two turnovers. Can’t play that way. Can’t play that way.”Frank Howard came off the bench to relieve Gillon for 13 minutes and was equally as ineffective. The duo combined to shoot 3-for-14 from the field with seven assists and two turnovers. By going with Gillon for all but one minute in the previous two games, the Orange received its best point guard production of the season. And just two days after guard output headed in the right direction, it came to a halt.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat’s not to say that Gillon and Howard can’t bounce back, because they certainly can. But as SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes dwindle with each loss, every regression is magnified.“I let us down. I didn’t play how I needed to play,” Gillon said. “I didn’t play to the standard that we need to win and just do whatever I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again, just play with the same aggression and that hurt us.”Gillon had been at his best when driving strong to the basket. That’s what freed him up for open shots on the perimeter and forced defenses to collapse, leading to more open shots from teammates.Except against Virginia Tech, Gillon’s drives didn’t kick start the offense how it usually had. Within a five-minute span at the end of the first half, Gillon shot a layup that didn’t even touch the rim, had a shot blocked under the basket and, with a chance to cut the game to four points before halftime, committed a travel. Howard, meanwhile, went 1-for-5 from the field and didn’t bring the stability SU was looking for.“He was trying to prove he can’t shoot jump shots,” Boeheim said of Howard. “And he did, he did that.”All of this leaves Syracuse right back where it sat 10 days ago, coming off a humiliating loss to Boston College. That was before Gillon played 79 of 80 minutes in a two-game stretch, back when SU hadn’t found the right formula it had been searching for since November.Last week, that changed. Gillon is its best option, but only when he can get to the rim, set up teammates and command the offense. The Orange has an answer — but that doesn’t matter if he’s inconsistent.“I just don’t think he made any positive plays in 13 or 14 minutes,” Boeheim said of Gillon.After a brief glimmer of hope, Syracuse can’t afford that.—Asst. Photo Editor Colin Davy, [email protected], contributed reporting to this article. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

See Kyle Walker’s Cheeky Response To Dele Alli’s Middle Finger Gesture

first_imgManchester City right back, Kyle Walker has responded to Dele Alli’s middle finger salute with a cheeky Mr. Bean meme.TV footage caught Alli making the middle finger gesture in England’s 2018 World Cup qualifier game against Slovakia at Wembley, with reports suggesting he directed the salute towards the referee, Clément Turpin. The 21-year-old midfielder, who risk facing disciplinary actions from FIFA, later apologised and debunked suggestions that his gesture was towards the referee but rather towards former Spurs teammate, Kyle Walker.“Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite,” he posted on his official.RelatedDele Alli Face FIFA Ban After Middle Finger GestureSeptember 5, 2017In “England”England Recall Forster And Delph Ahead Of Slovenia, Lithuania ClashesSeptember 28, 2017In “World Cup”Arsenal identify fan who assaulted Dele AlliDecember 20, 2018In “England”last_img read more